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School Feeding Programe: Kaduna State Set To Feed 1.8m Pupils

Posted: Jan 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Chibuzor Emejor
Kaduna State Government said it had concluded plans to flag-off school feeding programme that would benefit over 1.8million children in the State.
Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufia stated this at the 2016 Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture and Books Presentation held at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.
El-Rufia represented by his Special Adviser on Community and Rural Development, Baraba Inuwa, said the school feeding programme which was captured in the 2016 Budget already passed by the State House of Assembly, would commence as soon as public schools in the State re-open for the second term this week.
El-rufia further disclosed that his administration had earmarked huge amount of money for social security and infrastructural development in a bid to reduce pervasive poverty in the State.
Speaking on the theme of the Annual Lecture entitled, “Making Poverty Eradication Our Collective Responsibility”, he underscored the need for the government at all levels and critical stakeholders to understand the nature of poverty plaguing the country, as well as take far reaching decisions to mitigate it.
He noted that social vices rampant in the society were the products of poverty and other social inequalities in the country, adding that everyone was at risk unless the nagging of issue was addressed.
He also called for diversification of the Nigerian economy to generate wealth, create jobs and reduce poverty among the citizenry.
The Governor of Kaduna State also advocated the pulling of resources between the public and private sectors of the economy in the fight against poverty.
He however commended Dr. Mike Omotosho Foundation for the great impact the Foundation has  made in creating a new lease of life for the less privileged in the society, urging the Foundation to mentor and train other non-governmental organisations so that they could join hands in the onerous task of poverty alleviation.
Also speaking, the Founder of the Foundation, Dr. Mike Omotosho, pledged to commit his time, talent and treasures to better the lot of the poor in the society.
Omotosho who enumerated some of the humanitarian programmes undertaken by the Foundation since its inception, tasked all critical stakeholders to be in the vanguard to eradicate abject poverty in the society.
The highpoint of the ceremony was the presentation of three books written by Dr. Mike Omotosho.