The Executive Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi has charged the state Steering Committee on Primary School Feeding Programme, not to give the pupils much garri, rice and other foods containing carbohydrate.
Speaking in Abakaliki after the inauguration of a 10-man committee, Governor Umahi stressed that emphasis should be placed on giving pupils foods with rich mineral contents.
“You should emphasise on vegetables, fruits, milk among others to give them rich mineral supplements and help in their physical nourishment and mental development.
“The state executive council is aware that catering for the committee’s logistics is its responsibility as its chairman will soon present a budget to the council.
“This is to enable the committee to move freely to schools, especially at the local government areas to collaborate with the committees at the areas, consisting of council chairmen and others from the education sector,” he said.
Stressing the importance of an adequate development of children through good meals and sound moral upbringing, Governor Umahi noted that it would benefit the state.
“Individuals saddled with the responsibility of taking care of our children should not mortgage it as it will make the society secure and progressive in future,’’.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Mr. Augusine Nwankwagu noted that the steering committee replaced the disbanded one.
The Governor’s Senior Special Adviser on Religion and Welfare Matters, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, and Chairman of the steering committee promised to justify the confidence the governor reposed in them.