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29 June 2017

Otiko dines with pupils of Adaklu school[Photos]

It was all joy for pupils of Adaklu-Helekpe, when the Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Madam Otiko Djaba on Tuesday dined with them from meals served by caterers of School Feeding Program in the school.

The Gender Minister as part of her two-day familiarization tour of the Volta Region joined the long queue of pupils of Adaklu-Helekpe to be served Lunch.

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Madam Otiko after her lunch with the children said her visit to the school was to learn at firsthand the operations of the Feeding Programme and to interact with caterers in the region including other stakeholders on ways to efficiently run the programme.

In attempt to reduce poverty and improve enrollment, Ghana government instituted the feeding program in schools to serve hot  meals for lunch in schools.

The programme currently feeds over 6 million pupils across the country and employs local farmers that supply foodstuffs to the caterers.

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The pupils who for the first time saw the Minister in their school were outwardly excited to see her join them for lunch. The kids also had time to mingle with the Minister who was equally excited to have them around.

Sharing her experience after the meals, Madam Otiko Djaba stressed the crucial role the project plays in the child’s learning and performance in school, adding that her ministry is committed to running the Feeding Programme as a flagship project.

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She noted the programme could be improved if kitchens and dinning halls are built for beneficiary schools to provide the needed comfort for the pupils and caterers.

Speaking to Caterers of the Programme, the minister asked them to remain committed to the Ministry’s efforts to stabilize the scheme.   

By: King Nobert Akpabli/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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