Osun may stop feeding of school children

Report revealed that the Osun State Government is considering a review of its policy of free feeding of primary school pupils in the state.

Investigation by newsmen revealed on Thursday that Governor Rauf Aregbesola had set up a committee to work out how to implement the review of this policy.

The nine-member   committee, which is also working on the review of the state’s   free health programme for children and the elderly, may recommend that parents be made to pay a little levy for each   child in   school.

The committee   comprises permanent secretaries in the state and   a level 17 officer, who is a director.

A source in the government circles told newsmen that labour leaders in the state recommended the review of the free feeding policy alongside others to save money for payment of salaries of civil servants and to carry out developmental projects.

The Aregbesola government has for almost six months been unable to pay workers salaries, a development it blames on dwindling allocation from the Federal Government.

Deputy Governor   Titi Laoye-Tomori had said last year that the “ school feeding meals cost government of the State of Osun N3.6bn   annually.”

In December 2014, the All Progressives Congress in the state said the allocation accruing to the state had fallen from N3.8bn per month to N1.3bn.

Following agitations by civil servants over the non-payment of their salaries, Aregbesola   challenged labour leaders in the state to suggest how his administration could generate more funds to meet its obligations.

The labour leaders consequently came up with a report containing   recommendations for the review of the policies.

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