‘We’ve spent over N20b on O’meal programme’
Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
The Osun State government said over N20b has been spent for the Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme O’meal since the inception of the programme in 2012.
According to the state government, about 5,307 food vendors have been employed to feed about 379, 908 pupils of public primary schools within the period.
The Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Alabi disclosed this while declaring open the training of the newly recruited food vendors for the O’meal programme held in Osogbo.
He announced at the programme that about two billion, three hundred and ninety three million, three hundred and seventy four thousand naira is being projected to be expended on the programme in the next one year with about twelve million, six hundred thousand naira per day to feed the public primary school pupils from grade One to Four across the state.
Mr Alabi, who represented the Governor , Mr Gboyega Oyetola, highlighted some of the benefits of the programme and its positive impacts on the economy of the state since 2012 to include the improvement in the nutritional health status of school children, increase in the public school enrolment, retention and completion of primary education as well as reduction of poverty and hunger.
He maintained that, through the school feeding programme, thousands of job opportunities have been created while the local food production has also increased tremendously to boost the income of farmers, stimulate and develop small and medium scale industries.
He expressed the commitment of the state government to the programme, assuring that Oyetola’s administration will continue to provide all necessary logistics and support in order to achieve the set objectives and aims of the programme.
He however charged the newly recruited food vendors not to compromise the standard and quality of the school feeding programme which has earned the state a good reputation in Nigeria and in the world.
“Another N2,393,374,000 is projected to be spent in the next one year.
Consequently, additional jobs were created with 2,000 fish farmers, 2,000 Cocoyam farmers and 600 poultry farmers.