Bayelsa Government has called on the Federal Government to expedite action on the implementation of the National Home Grown Feeding programme in the state.
Governor Douye Diri made the call when he received a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in Government House, Yenagoa.
Governor Diri, who expressed reservation that Bayelsa was the last state to key into the national school feeding project, faulted the Federal Government for the delay which may be unconnected with politics and lack of openness at the federal level.
Speaking through his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo however said government was prepared to partner and support the implementation of the program which he said is pivotal to the health and learning behavior of pupils in the state.
He therefore called on the Federal Government to expand the free school feeding program to cover all classes in the primary school, as against feeding pupils in primary one to three.
Earlier, representative of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Abuja, Mrs. Maimuna Idris, said they visited to liaise with the state government and provide technical support for the National Home Grown School Feeding Project to kick-off.
Special Adviser to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs on Legal Matters, Mrs. Idris said the project is one of the four projects implemented under the National Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government.
News Story by: Imelda Abidde