Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has set aside political differences and declared the state’s support for the federal government’s home grown school feeding programme. Fayose, who made the proclamation in Ado Ekiti while declaring open a two-day stakeholders’ workshop to Kick off the feeding programme, said he decided to support the programme because it was in line with the state’s stomach infrastructure policy.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, however, said the state decided to key into the programme following a feedback from government’s agencies that studied the programme that the programme would be of tremendous benefit to the people of the state.
He said, “The study revealed the potentials of the programme to improve the nutrition status of the pupils, increase schools’ enrollment and attendance, energise the local economy and empower certain segments of the population.
Above all, we also noted that it is in accordance 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 and Etiki people. Our participation will be a boost to our efforts to restore the glory of education in our dear Etiki state.
“The Governor, while calling on all stakeholders to ensure responsible implementation of the programme, also promised that the state would give all the needed support to actualize “our collective goal of feeding the pupils.
“The Team leader of the programme from the Office of the President on National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, Mrs. Abimbola Adesanmi, said the programme had been introduced in 21 states adding that the programme would improve 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 our children in public primary schools.