16th October, 2017
By Yunusa Abdullahi
Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla has described Education as the bedrock of development to any society and Nation.
The Governor stated this while declaring open a Two Day Workshop on School Feeding Programme organised by the Adamawa state Government in collaboration with the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programme held at the Banquet Hall of the Government House Yola.
Governor Muhammed Jibrilla said no nation will develop without giving a sound and quality education to its citizens.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing the social intervention of school feeding to the pupils in public schools in Nigeria
He also acknowledged the efforts of the office of the Special Adviser to the President Mrs. Maryam Uwais for making Adamawa state as One of the pilot scheme state,explaining that the programme is also part of the APC change mantra for the electorates.
He however directed that all the relevant agencies to ensure that the programme become effective and success across the state, and warned other stakeholders to shun any sentiment that will jeopardise the success of the scheme in Adamawa state.
The Governor also commended the state Focal Person on Social Investment Programme in the state, Retired Commodore Usman Sali Bodes for his efforts in ensuring that the programme has been actualize in Adamawa state.
In a Key note address the National Coordinator of school feeding programme Mrs. Adesanmi Abimbola said the school feeding programme is basically meant to support school children with quality food in order to improve the enrolment of pupils in schools .
She explained that the policy of the programme is not limited to the feeding of pupils, but to increase local production and to have a healthy and conducive environment for the pupils at school.
According to Mrs. Abimbola, the policy of the programme is that the federal government will feed pupils from primary One to Three while States government will feed pupils from Primary Four to Six respectively and called for cooperation understanding from parents for the success of the programme.
She however called for the sustainance from the communities and other stakeholders in education sector for effective success of the scheme.
Also in their good will messages, the Secretary to the State Government Dr Umar Buba Bindir, the Chief of staff government house Alhaji AbdurRahman Abba Jimeta and the Honourable Commissioner ministry of Education Mr. Julius Kadala have commended the federal government for introducing the programme to pupils in public schools and assured that Adamawa state would do its possible best by ensuring the sustainability of the scheme in the state.
They stated that already the state government have declared a state of emergency on Education sector in order to improve the standard and quality of Education in Adamawa state.
Earlier in his welcome address, the state focal person on social investment programme Retired Commodore Usman Sali Bodes said the school feeding programme is designed to provide primary One to Three pupils with quality food that will improve their capabilities during schooling period, stressing that it will also improve the standard of Education if fully implemented and urged parents for their support and cooperation towards the success of the programme in Adamawa state and the country at large.