135,000 pupils benefit from school feeding programme as governor warns volunteers against saboating government efforts

SUNNY DAVID, AWKA

About one hundred and thirty five thousand pupils from primary one to three are currently benefiting from the federal government school feeding programme in Anambra state.

While about thirty thousand poor and vulnerable Ndi Anambra are equally benefiting from the Conditional Cash transfer scheme in the state.

Governor Willie Obiano disclosed this while declaring open a one day orientation and review meeting for Anambra Central N-Power Volunteers, 2017/2018 batch.

The orientation was organized by the Anambra state government under the office of the Anambra state social investment scheme held at Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre in Awka.

Declaring the event open, the governor, represented by the commissioner for economic planning, Budget and Development Partners Mr. Mark Okoye, said that a total number of fourteen thousand, six hundred and eighty nine N-Power volunteers are currently working in different ministries, departments and agencies in Anambra state, under N-Teach, N-Agro and N-Health.

He urged the volunteers to take their job seriously as government is
committing huge resources to make the programme work in the state.

Chief Obiano restated commitment towards ensuring that the state keeps benefiting from all the components of the federal government’s social investment scheme, stating that the state is currently benefiting across board in the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme because of the commitment, and sacrifice the state government has made to ensure that Ndi Anambra benefit from it.

In a welcome address, the senior special assistant to the governor on Social Investment Scheme, Lady Chinwe Iwuchukwu thanked the federal government for initiating the Programme which she said came at the right time when unemployment is at its peak in Nigeria and eulogized Governor Willie Obiano for the huge support his administration has accorded the programme in the state.

She warned the N-Power volunteers not to joke with the rare opportunity given them as defaulters would be sanctioned.

Two of the participants, Messrs Anolue Cyril from Nanka and Ifunanya Emeronwu from Nibo thanked both the federal and state governments for the programme but appealed for improved working condition and upward review of their salaries.

The orientation and review meeting was organized for the volunteers and their management to discuss their challenges and successes, with a view to chatting a way forward for enhanced performance and productivity.

The exercise will also took place in Anambra North and South Senatorial districts of Anambra state.

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