Ikpeazu Kickstarts free school meal programme for pupils

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.

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