Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has denied plans to stop feeding of school children by his administration.
Mr. Aregbesola was reacting to reports that claimed the governor might stop the programme based on the recommendation by labour leaders.
Speaking via a statement made his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the governor said the programme, which had attracted commendations, would not be stopped despite the falling of allocation accruing to the state.
The governor said, “OMEALs has been one of our most socially impactful programmes. How can a responsible government like ours think of reviewing a programme that has been adjudged as one of the best to come out of the country? Does that not stand logic on its head?
“We have been able to improve our state’s economy through the school feeding of over 250, 000 pupils every school day. The programme has directly employed 3,007 women and over tens of thousands of farmers in the state.
“Osun is attracting local and international attention for implementing an initiative that has not only increased enrolment in its primary schools, but has also provided jobs for farmers, majority of whom are women.”