HOME GROWN SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME: A SPICY SUCCOUR FOR THE GROWTH OF
Good nutrition is an essential element to children growth and development.
In fact, the child rights act gave an incisive insight into why a
child requires easy access to good nutrition as a matter of right and
not by deprivation or negotiation. This is all the more reason why
any serious government, private and development partners do not shy
away from initiating and implementing programmes aimed at keeping the
child healthy and making sure that child nutrition infected diseases
are kept at bay. Such diseases among others include stunted growth,
Kwashiorkor and anemia. These life threatening diseases might negate
the desire of the government at the Federal and State levels for
bright future for our future leaders if they are not fought front and back.
At last, the purposeful government of Dr. Kayode Fayemi has taken the
bull by the horns by embracing the Home Grown School Feeding of the
Federal government in Ekiti State.
To me, this is a watershed in the annals of Ekiti State. The
Governor deserves a very loud commendation for his passion for
humanity and demonstration of empathy in Leadership.
On this note, the government and the people of Ekiti State welcome
His Excellency the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibajo to Ekiti
State today to perform the official launching of the Programme at St.
Michael’s Primary School, Ajilosun, Ado Ekiti.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor and Project Officer,
Demola Obanise has said that the programme is already on and that
Ekiti children in Primary 1-3 are already enjoying Ekiti Kete Home
Grown School Feeding meals.
Actually the progarmme is aimed at keeping the children at school,
promoting their nutritional status and creating wealth among the food
vendors and farmers in the State.
This programme is the manifestation of the Social Investment policy
of the present administration and it should cover all schools in the
State and be judiciously implemented with dexterity and sincerity of
Ekiti people should as a matter of patriotism give the JKF
administration the needed support to enable him take the State to its
rightful place in the comity of States in Nigeria.
It takes a large heart for a Government to implement programmes and
policies that would not only ensure the growth of the child, lift some
burden off the shoulders of parents, make teachers happy by enhancing
their welfare through regular payment of salaries coupled with
training and re-training of tutors.
Ekiti children are lucky this time around as the programme is going
to be sustained because the state government is on the same page with
the Buhari-led Federal government which is out to implement programmes
and policies that will ultimately take our people to the next level.
Once more, we welcome the Vice President to Ekiti State, the Land of
Honour where we seek knowledge without being coerced and where
knowledge economy will make us one of the fastest growing economies in
Welcome to Ekiti State our dear Vice President Professor Yemi Osibajo.