135,000 pupils benefiting from school feeding programme in Anambra

Participants at the event

By Sunny A. David, Awka

About 135, 000 pupils from primary one to three are currently benefiting from the School Feeding Programme in Anambra State.

Also,  30,000 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 state government, under the Office of the Anambra State Social Investment Scheme held at Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, 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-Heath.

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 ensurig 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 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, Messers 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 about their challenges and successes, with a view to chatting a way forward for enhanced performance and productivity.

The exercise will also take place in Anambra North and South Senatorial Districts of Anambra State.

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