- The governor of Ekiti state said he now supports the home grown school feeding programme launched by the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration
- Ayodele Fayose said the programme will be beneficiary to students in Ekiti state
- He also said the programme is in line with the state's stomach infrastructure policy
The Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday, August 17, said his state will support the President Muhammadu Buhari administration's home grown school feeding programme.
Speaking at the opening of a two-day stakeholders workshop in Ado-Ekiti state, Fayose who was represented by the deputy governor of the state, Kolapo Olusola, said the programme must be supported because it is in line with the state's stomach infrastructure policy.
Olusola also said the state has decided to key into the programme due to a feedback from government agencies that studied the programme.
He noted that the agencies revealed the programme would be of immense benefit to the people of Ekiti state.
“The study revealed the potentials of the programme to improve the nutrition status of the pupils, increase schools’ enrollment and attendance, energize the local economy and empower certain segments of the population.
Above all, we also noted that it is in tandem with our stomach infrastructure policy.
“We have decided to set political differences aside and partner with the federal government for the benefits of our pupils. Our participation will be a boost to our efforts to restore the glory of education in our dear state," Olusola said.
He also urged stakeholders to ensure appropriate implementation of the programme while promising that Ekiti state would give all the needed support to actualize the collective goal of feeding the pupils.
Also speaking, the team leader of the programme from the Office of the President on National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, Abimbola Adesanmi, said 21 states have been introduced.
She said the programme is focused on improving the health and nutrition of children as well as improve the local production of agricultural products in the state.
“It is the plan of the federal government that all states key into the programme for the benefit of all our children in public primary schools,” she added.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Fayose had insisted that the states should not be tasked on the school feeding programme of the All progressives Congress (APC)
The governor said the federal government must solely fund the programme rather than adopting the proposed 40% counterpart funding from the states.
He also described the programme by the federal government as fraudulent.
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