Posted by News Express | 30 June 2017 | 1,849 times
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commenced the daily feeding of school children at the camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Dalori and Bama in Borno State, as part of its renewed efforts to promote primary school education among disadvantaged pupils.
Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, NAF Director of Public relations and Information in a statement on Thursday, disclosed that at the simultaneous flag-off of the feeding programme at both camps on the 28 of June 2017, the NAF Chief of Medical Services, Air Vice Marshal Saleh Shinkafi, who represented the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), stated that the programme would entail the provision of one meal daily for 500 school children each from both Dalori and Bama IDP camps. “Accordingly, a total of 1,000 children would benefit from the programme every day for the next six to eight months.”
He further stated that the CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, mooted the idea of the school feeding scheme so as to reduce malnutrition among the pupils in order to give them the opportunity to live and also go to school. According to him, the programme, which could be extended depending on the availability of resources, would provide assistance and succour to the children and complement the efforts of the Federal and State Governments.
At the event, the Commander of NAF’s 105 Composite Group in Maiduguri, Air Commodore Tajudeen Yusuf remarked that the programme would contribute to the survival of the generation of pupils in the IDP camps to enable them contribute positively to the nation in the future. The Headmistress of Dalori Camp 1 Primary School, where the programme started, Mrs. Yapati Sanda, thanked the NAF for the kind gesture and stated that this singular action would encourage many pupils that had dropped out of school to resume classes.
Recently, the NAF airlifted recently donated Indomie noodles, worth over N10 million, to Maiduguri to supplement the nutritional programme for children in IDP camps.
“It is equally significant to note that a five-year old malnourished and abandoned child had earlier benefitted from the NAF nutritional programme for children in IDP camps. The NAF intends to intensify its humanitarian efforts in the crises areas, as part of its contributions to adding value to the society,” the NAF Spokesman said.
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