The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) and the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Chibuke Rotimi Amaechi,on Wednesday said adequate school feeding programme such as that practised in Osun under the OMEALS scheme is key to better education of children in Nigeria.
Amaechi while delivering a lecture titled, “Higher Education and Good Governance in Nigeria: The way Forward”at the second UNIOSUN Distinguished Guest Lecture Series, at the Osun State University Auditorium, Main Campus in Osogbo, charged every governor in Nigeria to learn from Osun.
This was as the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, pointed out that, despite the dwindling allocation coming from the federal government, his administration still marches on providing development projects.
Amaechi held that other states of the federation should emulate the school feeding programme of Osun, saying the programme will reduce the number of out-of-school children in the country.
The governor stressed that he is amazed with the level of infrastructural development of Aregbesola’s government in the State of Osun.
The Chairman of NGF pointed that good governance should not be based on the construction of roads but every other amenities that will touch on the lives of citizens with education as one of the cardinal points of every serious governor.
According to Amaechi, “Every serious governor should take education seriously, though it is common for most governors to want to concentrate on road construction because people will praise them.
“It is not enough to construct roads alone, I have noticed that, that is not the case with your governor. His giant stride in every other aspects of development which includes quality education is commendable.