Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has finally flagged off the free school meal initiative of the state government for pupils in public primary schools in the state.
The project was initially scheduled to commence last February was delayed to enable government put in place necessary logistics and the basic infrastructure in the affected schools.
Flagging off the first phase of the programme on Friday at Ntigha Primary School , Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area , Ikpeazu said the initiative was borne out of his genuine desire to invest in children, adding that he feels “indebted to the children who are the future leaders as I feels I haven’t done all that I should do for them.”
Ikpeazu said he understood “what it means to go to school on empty stomach and the pains some parents go through to provide meals for their children”.
The governor promised to sustain the scheme, maintaining that under the scheme, “every pupil in Abia is sure of at least one meal a day.”
He appealed to corporate organisations and public -spirited individuals for partnership , saying that the sustainability of the programme “lies on the shoulders of companionate Abia families who are expected to donate a part of what they have to assist the needy in their midst.”
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Education, Professor Ikechi Mgboji said that the free meal initiative would increase pupils’ enrollment, gender parity, create employment opportunities and enhance the well being of pupils.
He chided those who oppose the idea, saying that the gesture which is the brainchild of Ikpeazu’s wife, “may well be the best the government has initiated.”
Originally posted 2016-06-13 08:33:48.