The Enugu State government has set up a committee that will see to the provision of free meal for primary one to three pupils in public schools across the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who inaugurated the committee alongside the board of science, vocational and technical education recently, said his administration had made human capital development priority as it was the surest way of sustaining the future of the people.
Represented by his deputy, Chief Mrs Cecelia Ezeilo, the Governor recalled that a team from the presidency and the Partnership for Child Development from Imperial College, London, had visited Enugu earlier this year on the adoption of home grown school feeding programme in the state.
He said the state was one of the 18 states in the country selected to benefit from the national home school feeding programme of one free meal a day to be provided for public school pupils from primary one to three, as a measure for curtailing hunger and starvation for the under aged while they are in school.
He expressed hope that the programme will provide a leverage for empowering some rural women since the foods will be produced and prepared locally.
While inaugurating the reconstituted board for science, vocational and technical education of the state, the Governor cautioned the new board members to assiduously work towards the realization of the high premium his administration placed on the educational sector.