A call has gone to corporate bodies, philanthropists and well meaning Nigerians to collaborate with the state government in furtherance and sustainability of the Osun school feeding programme, tagged O’MEALS.
The call was made yesterday in Osogbo by the Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at a programme put together by Sheri Care Foundation (SCARF) ,a pet project of the first lady in collaboration with Friesland WAMCO Nig. PLC where Thousands of Peak School Smart drinks worth about N20million were distributed in support of the O MEAL programme of the state government.
Ogbeni Aregbesola, who commended the organisers of the programme for their keen interest in the development of the children observed that children are the future of all nations, and must be accorded top priority, saying any nation that fails to attend to their needs is heading towards destruction.
The Governor explained that despite the state’s poor financial status, government spends about N84,000 per child annually, amounting to N3.6billion in a year, covering over 300 thousand pupils in the state elementary schools.
He however re-affirmed his administration’s readiness at ensuring a secured future for the young folks.
Speaking on the purpose of the gathering, the wife of the governor, who is also the president of Sheri care Foundation SCARF, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola noted that the presentation of the SCARF milk of knowledge is to aid the state school feeding programme as a way of supporting the educational policies and programmes of the present administration in the state.
Mrs Aregbesola, while noting that the enrollment figure of elementary schools in the state has increased tremendously since the introduction of O’meals programme, tasked the students to be committed to their studies at all times.