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Federal Government Approves Upward Review of School Feeding Programme

The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved and upwardly reviewed the National School Feeding Programme of States Public Primary Schools from Seventy Naira per a plate of food to one hundred Naira.

Dr. Godwin Akpan, the Akwa Ibom State Focal Person for National Social Investment Programme disclosed while addressing Pressmen at Akwa Ibom State College of Education Afaha Nsit, shortly after the matriculation Ceremony of the Institution.

Dr. Akpan said the upward review cost of meal per a pupil came on the heels of economic realities and current high cost of living in the country.

He assured that the new feeding rate shall commence upon new school resumption in September this year, adding that before the end of last academic session, the feeding fee stood at seventy Naira per a pupil.

“The Federal Government has been magnanimous enough to our pupils in Akwa Ibom State. You know our last payment for the just concluded last term was still normal N70 per child, but last week, the Minister for Education informed us that Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari has approved a N100 per child. So by September, we are going to have N100 per child for the school feeding”. He assured.

He therefore appealed to all food vendors serving in various schools to adhere strictly and comply accordingly with the new price.

The Akwa Ibom State Vocal Person also hinted that, a monitoring and evaluation team has been put in place to ensure that the quantity and quality of food served by vendors are in consonance with the new price rate.

“We have put in place all the things needed to address any upcoming challenge (s) that could affect the programme.

“We are appealing to our cooks to please ensure that once money is released to them, they would deliver on their assigned duty sufficiently.

“We have put in place a robust monitoring and evaluation team as its not going to be business as usual, when we resusme for new academic session”, he admonished.

He also appealed to Federal Government of Nigeria to capture all the one thousand, one hundred and sixty-five Public Primary Schools in its programme, lamenting that out of which; only six hundred Primary Schools are captured in Akwa Ibom State.

Also, Dr. Akpan who is equally the National Deputy President, University of Uyo, Uyo (Uniuyo) Alumni Association and National Secretary, Conference of Alumni Association of Nigerian Universities (CAANU) while congratulating the matriculating students urged them to work assiduously to ensure they reach the finishing line Ceremoniously.

Dr. Akpan who is also the Governing Council Member, Akwa Ibom State College of Education (COE) Afaha Nsit,
also appreciated the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for the indelible footprints he is making at the State College of Education.

He further lauded the contributions of the Governor, especially in the area of infrastructural transformation. Dr. Akpan disclosed that he has spotted a facility within the campus that could serve as one of training centres for N-Power Participants, and shall make moves to ensure the facility is adequately utilized.

His appreciation equally went to Management team of the Institution led by the Provost, Dr. Daniel Udo, the Governing Council chaired by Hon. (Barr.) Bassey Dan Abia jnr, Academic and non-academic staff for their commitment to ensure the Institution ranks top in the comity of Colleges of Education in the Country.

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