Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi has cautioned the state Steering Committee on Primary School Feeding Programme, against giving the pupils much garri, rice and other foods containing carbohydrate.
The governor, who spoke in Abakaliki while inaugurating a 10-man committee, stressed that emphasis should be placed on giving them foods with rich minerals contents.
“You should emphasize on vegetables, fruits, milk among others to give them rich mineral supplements and help in their physical nourishment and mental development.
“The state executive council is aware that catering for the committee’s logistics is its responsibility as its chairman will soon present a budget to the council.
“This is to enable the committee move freely to schools, especially at the local government areas to collaborate with the committees at the areas, consisting of council chairmen and others from the education sector,” he said.
Governor said the importance of ensuring adequate development of children through good meals and sound moral upbringing was paramount, as it would benefit the state.
“Individuals saddled with the responsibility of taking care of our children should not mortgage it as it will make the society secure and progressive in future,’’ Mr Umahi said.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Augusine Nwankwagu, noted that the steering committee replaced the disbanded one.
The Governor’s Senior Special Adviser of Religion and Welfare Matters, who is also the Chairman of the steering committee, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, pledged to justify the confidence reposed in them by the governor.