-O’ Meal will leverage the economy of Osun – Dep. Gov.

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OSOGBO – Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, the Deputy Governor of Osun State, says the state’s school feeding scheme, tagged O’ Meal, is part of government’s people-oriented programmes geared towards leveraging the economy.

The deputy governor stated this while receiving a UNICEF delegation her Osogbo.

She said the pupils involved the scheme consumed more 300,000 fishes, 10,000 crates of eggs, appreciable amount of quality vegetables seasonal fruits a weekly basis.

Laoye-Tomori said the programme had led to the empowerment of 52 for fish growing business, 3,007 caterers and some farmers involved in production.

She also said no fewer 40,000 had been employed through the Osun Empowerment Scheme.

The deputy governor said the state government had also employed more 10,000 , and engaged 3,000 in O’ Garment scheme.

She solicited UNICEF’s partnership to help sustain the programmes, especially the O’ Meal.

Ms Jean Gough, the UNICEF Country Representative, said her team had earlier visited some  elementary schools and inspected some to confirm government’s claims.

Gough described the state government’s achievements as tremendous.

According to her, UNICEF is willing to work the state government to promote people-oriented programmes such as the O’ Meal a view to impacting positively the lives of more children. (NAN)