Enugu constitutes committee for free meals in schools

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.

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