Participants at the 2-Day Workshop on National Home Grown School Feeding Programme in Akure have commended the Ondo State Government for commencing the programme in the state.

Speaking at the end of the workshop, Leader of the Facilitating Team from the office of the Vice-President, Mrs Titilola  Adeyemi-Doro noted with satisfaction the exceptional performance of participants at the workshop coupled with high level support given to it by the Ondo State Government.

While describing the inputs gotten from Ondo State as encouraging impetus for the working out of all institutional framework that will kick start the programme in the state, Mrs Adeyemi-Doro said Ondo State was surely ready to join twenty other states of the federation which have commenced the programme.

The Focal Officer of the School Feeding Programme in Ondo State, Mrs Omorinola Akinduro-Olanipekun, said the enthusiasm of the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, to get the programme States is in tandem with the desire of the governor to get all citizens productively engaged; ensure that all pupils of public schools in the state are properly fed; increase public school enrolment in the state and equally boost local food production.

The Operational Manager, office of the Vice President, Mr Dotun Adebayo while calling for stakeholders’ sincere collaboration to get the programme succeed in the state, hinted that the seventy naira earmarked per child for a meal shall have been paid ten days to the cooks to be engaged in advance to make bulk purchases of items that will be required to feed the pupils.

Appreciating the Ondo State Government on behalf of pupils of public primary schools in classes one to three who will be direct beneficiaries of the programme, the Director of Child Development in the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mr Niyi Ogunleye expressed happiness that the health status of the pupils and their level of social integration will improve considerably as a result of the introduction of the programme .

The Chairman of Civil Society Coalition in Ondo State, Franklyn Oloniju described the programme as a welcome development which will in no small measure bring about job opportunities and increase the nutritional intake of school pupils.

Chairmen of Local Government Councils in Ondo State, Management staff of relevant  Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Food vendors, Managers of Catering Services, various Farmers’ Associations that are into  foodcrop, livestock and poultry productions,  Youth groups and Nongovernmental Organisations among other critical  stakeholders attended the 2-Day Workshop where various presentations on suggested menu, operational procedures and personnel engagements with their expected roles were highlighted.