By Esther Omoye
AHEAD of the take-off of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, NHGSFP, for public primary schools in Delta State, the state government has commenced the training of over 1,700 caterers targeted at feeding over 433,000 pupils in the state’s public primary school.
The training exercise, which commenced in Warri, has 550 caterers drawn from the various local government areas in Delta South senatorial district of the state, in attendance.
Addressing the caterers, at Nana College, Warri, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa enjoined them to adhere strictly to quality nutrition, noting that the state government would not accept anything that would undermine the original intent of the programme in the state.
He was represented by Executive Secretary, Delta State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency, DSMSMEDA, Mrs. Shimite Bello.
he said that the state government was irrevocably committed to the success of the programme, hence the need to ensure that all arrangements were perfected before kicks off.
Explaining the reasons for the relative delay in the commencement of the programme initially billed to kick off early this year, the governor affirmed that all the initial hiccups which bordered on irregularities in the computation of Bank Verification Numbers, BVN, by the caterers had been addressed.