From Rashidat AbdulRahman, Minna
The Senior Special Assistant to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the School Feeding Programme, Dr Yetunde Adeniji, has disclosed that the programme was undergoing some structural reorganisation for sustainability.
Adeniji stated this when she paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Niger State, Mohammed Umaru Bago, in Minna.
She acknowledged that the school feeding programme was facing some challenges, but assured that, because the president was so committed to it, her office was making every effort to simplify and guarantee the programme’s smooth operation.
“Mr. President is passionate about the programme, he is passionate about the Nigerian children, and right now steps and initiatives have been taken to ensure that the programme comes back on board and is in full swing,” she explained.
The SSA added that the federal government was doing everything possible to ensure that the programme was sustained to surpass the present administration in many years to come.
On the purpose of her visit, she said it was on solidarity and also familiarise with the people of Niger State, explaining that the school feeding programme was for every Nigerian child to enable them access nutritious meals while in school.
Adeniji added that the visit was also to preach the good gospel of the programme to ensure that every stakeholder in the programme was carried along as well as the objectives of the programme.
She, therefore, appealed to all stakeholders to be part of the programme to ensure its sustainability.
Responding, Governor Bago, represented by his deputy, Comrade Yakubu, described the school feeding programme as a vital to the state.
The governor said that the government was passionate about the programme as it was not a new thing in the state.
He advised Nigerians to change the negative narratives about the programme, adding that to make it work, citizens must cooperate with the government at the federal government.
Bago described the programme in Niger State as a success story.
He appreciated the SSA to President Tinubu and her team for the visit and called on them upgrade to at least primary 4.