By Emma Una
ATIM—PUPILS in public schools in Cross River recently celebrated three months of being fed a meal a day during school hours through the Federal Government Schools Feeding Programme.
The pupils drawn from primary schools across the state converged at Presbyterian Primary School, Akim where they took part in dancing, singing and poetry recitation competition with many of them winning prizes to the delight of their mates.
Speaking at the event, Ntufam Gab Okulaja, the Special Adviser to Senator Ben Ayade on Home Grown Feeding said school feeding programme has been domesticated in 1,071 schools with 81,000 pupils in public primary schools across the state being fed every school day.
He said the celebration was to mark the 2018 African Day of World Feeding stating that the number of schools have continued to increase while school enrolment has witnessed a steady rise since the programme started in November 2017.
Okulaja said the school feeding programme was introduced based on the recognition of the importance of children to the nation by the leaders in order to equip them with the capacity to learn and also keep them healthy as future leaders.
His words: “The leaders deemed it necessary to set aside a day every year to mark the school feeding programme and this year, the theme for the celebration is Enabling Governance to Advance Youthful Potential which captures the essence of the feeding of our young ones to build a healthier nation.”
He said the programme is operational in all the public primary schools, community schools and missionary schools in the state.
According to him, “the state is taking advantage of the feeding programme to improve on the facilities in the schools to make them conducive for learning.
“We are putting in place all the necessary measures to ensure that the programme is sustained by the present administration and so the executive, the legislature and all stakeholders are working in partnership to ensure the programme succeeds and it is sustained.”