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Monday, 27 April 2015

POLITICS: Osun State GovtDenies Stopping Free Feeding Of Primary School Childre

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, has set up a nine-member committee to review the free feeding of primary school pupils, free health programme for children and the elderly, in the state. The committee is made up of permanent secretaries in the state and a level 17 officer, who is a director. After the review exercise, parents may be asked to pay a token to support the government or it may be cancelled. This new development may not be unconnected with the government’s plans to save some money for payment of salaries of civil servants and to carry out developmental projects in the state.

It is said that the state government has not been able to pay workers salaries in the past 6 months, a development it blames on dwindling allocation from the Federal Government.

It would be recalled that the Deputy Governor, Titi Laoye-Tomori, said the “school feeding meals cost government of the State of Osun N3.6bn annually.”

In a new development, Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf aregbesola, has said that he is not planning to stop his administration’s school feeding programme.

The governor stated this in a reaction to a story published by THE PUNCH that he might stop the programme based on the recommendation by labour leaders.



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