Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu distributing food to primary school pupils during the flag-off of Abia free school meal program for primary 4-6 at Umuahia south LGA Headquarters.
Abia State government has become the first in the country to extend its free feeding programme for public primary schools in the state from primary four to six pupils.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu stated this at the flagging-off ceremony of the programme at Ubakala Central School, Ubakala in Umuahia South Local Government Area.
He commended the Federal Government for initiating the programme for from primary one to three pupils in the country which was launched in the state in 2016.
He said his administration was desirous of ensuring that pupils focus their attention on learning, adding that there is a relationship between being well fed and the capacity to learn.
Stressing the imperative of mainstreaming the programme as state policy, the governor added that it had increased primary school enrolment from 100,000 to over 300,000.
In her reaction, the deaconess, who have been coordinating the programme expressed happiness and thanked those who have been supportive of it.
Speaking earlier, the Coordinator of the programme, Elder Emeka Ahuruonye noted hat it was designed to reduce hunger and enhance academic performance among the pupils.
Similarly, the Focal Person of Abia Social Re-Investment Programme, Mr Chinenye Nwogu said the state spends N176 million monthly on feeding the over 300,000 pupils.