Governor Muhammad Matawalle of Zamfara State on Thursday forced principals to eat from food provided for students of Government Science Secondary School, Gusau and Government Girls Secondary School, Gusau.
The directive elicited cheers from the boarding students in the schools.
The governor, who supervised the compulsory meal session by principals and staff of Government Science Secondary School Gusau and Government Girls Secondary School Gusau, was dismayed seeing the students eat what he termed sub- standard food.
Matawalle had directed principals and feeding officers in the state to provide better food for students. He asked them to eat the same food they serve the students or face dismissal.
He said he was not happy with the quality of food he met in the two schools and directed that “henceforth, principals and feeding officers throughout the state must eat the same food they cook for their students or be dismissed.”
He warned that his administration would deal decisively with such negative attitude by those entrusted with the responsibility. He noted that the state government has been providing the necessary food items for the students and must therefore be delivered to them appropriately.
Recently, the state Project Verification Committee led by Alhaji Ahmad Abubakar Gusau discovered that the state government was being shortchanged in the school feeding programme. “The number of students being fed were over inflated thus allowing the fraudulent officials to illegally siphon N7 billion every year.
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