The Osun State government has repackaged the home-grown school feeding programme in the state to make the pupils healthy and intellectually sound.
This was disclosed by the deputy governor of the state, Otunba (Mrs) Titi Laoye-Tomori, while hosting Osogbo indigenes for 2011 Eid-el-Fitr ceremony, in Osogbo last Sunday.
Otunba Laoye-Tomori said on the occasion that the state government has extended the feeding programme to pupils in primary three, which according to her, means that the government will provide free lunch for about one hundred and forty thousand pupils in its public schools daily.She added that about three hundred food vendors would be involved in the provision of the food, while the uniforms of the school vendors would be sewn by associations of tailors in all the local government council areas, including the area office.
Speaking further, the deputy governor enunciated some of the programmes of the current administration in the state, while she commended the governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for his proactive measures in responding to the metrological forecast early this year, while he ordered the immediate channelization of Okoko, Alekunwodo and Gbonmi streams in Osogbo for a total sum of N187.5 million, which averted the flooding disaster in the state.
Laoye-Tomori also lauded the O’ CLEAN programme, which did not only make Osogbo a clean state capital, but as well prepares the city for urbanization project, which will soon kick off in the state capital.
According to her, the urbanization projects in the state will entail expansion of the existing major roads, provision of interlocked sidewalks, beautification of the road medians, erection of modern motor-parks and building of modern markets with toilet facilities.
In order to complement government’s effort to rid the state capital of filths and dirt, the deputy governor, therefore advised Osogbo indigenes to properly dispose their garbage and give beautiful look to their houses, especially those that are located on the main roads, so that the state capital would beckon on the tourists for various cultural carnivals.
She also advised youths in Osogbo, who could not enrol in the state OYES scheme to enrol for skill acquisition programme and become professionals, which remains one of the programmes that the state government will soon prosecute.
Responding to the goodwill of the deputy governor, the National President of Osogbo Progressive Union (OPU), Ambassador Rasaq Siyanbola, lauded the administration of Aregbesola and his quest for the development of Osogbo, the state capital and Osun State in general.
He also solicited the support of the OPU and the citizenry of Osun State to support the government of Aregbesola.
The traditional monarch of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, on the occasion, called for unity and love among his subjects, if any meaningful development must be witnessed by all and sundry.
He also commended the present administration in the state for its effort to put the state on a greater height.
Present at the event were Pa Hammed Omidiran, Engineer Bili Isola, Chief Ifagbemisola Atanda, Sheik Mustafa Ajisafe, Chief Imam of Osogbo and Mr Deji Babalola among others.