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Oyo disburses N72m for school feeding programme

By Ismaila Akanji, Ibadan
Oyo Government has disbursed N72.2million to 2, 578 cooks for the feeding of no fewer than 158,450 primary school pupils in the state.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi who spoke in Ibadan, at the unveiling of the programme said that it was aimed at enhancing the nutritional strength of pupils.
He said that the programme was in fulfilment of the Federal Government’s Home grown School Feeding Programme which the state government re-tagged “Ajumoje.”
According to him, the programme will also improve the mental capability of pupils in the public primary schools in the state.
Ajumobi who expressed delight on the revival of the programme said he was also optimistic that it would attract many out-of-school children from the streets back to schools.
“This programme is aimed at attracting out-of-school children to schools and keep them to improve their level of education, as well as their physical development. It will also benefit local farmers, as our food items will be locally sourced to enhance the sustainability of the project,” he said.
The governor also said that vendors have been trained and certified medically fit to provide food for pupils across the 33 Local Government Areas of the state.
The event had in attendance government functionaries, school children as well as accredited cooks and vendors among others.
Also, the Project Manager, Folasade Adekunle said that the nutritious food would be served to pupils.
She said that the exercise would reduce illnesses and mental retardation in pupils, adding that food production would improve locally and nationally with items sourced locally.
One of the vendors, Mr Iyiola Olusegun, also commended the Federal Government initiative, adding that it will also assist the parents.
Ajimobi was represented by his Deputy, Moses Adeyemo.
The home grown initiative of the Federal Government commenced in September 2015.
According to UNESCO, about 13 million school children have been lured away from schools due to poverty and inability of their parents to adequately provide for their nutritional needs.

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