By Francis Okoye, Maiduguri –
Following discovery of drop in quality of student’s meals after a surprise visit to some secondary schools in Maiduguri, Governor Kashim Shettima, yesterday, said a committee will be set up to monitor quality of school meals in Borno state.
Shettima who paid an unscheduled visit to Yerwa Girls Secondary School and Government Girls College both in Maiduguri during which he went straight to kitchen in order to see firsthand, the quality of meals boarding students were being served.
The Governor was disappointed to find out that quality was being compromised despite increase in funds allocated to schools to provide meals for students.
It could be recalled that the governor had jerked monthly allocation of boarding school meals from N20m to N100m back in 2012 and at that time had set up a committee that was charged with procurements of food items, distribution to schools and monitoring of quality.
The committee was under the current Secretary to the State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa.
The standard of food was massively raised with most parents across the State acknowledging changes in the sight of their children whenever students returned from school. The committee however became disfunctional since 2015 after Shuwa’s appointment as SSG.
Governor Shettima was used to paying regular visits to boarding school teachings and in most cases, he targeted meal times and ate with students.
In his latest visit on Saturday, the Governor was shocked to see standard of meals highly compromised. He was visibly angry that the situation was happening four years after he had drastically changed it.
“I am not going to allow the situation to continue, rather, I am going to constitute a special committee to monitor meals being served to students in boarding secondary schools across the southern, central and northern parts of the state,” he said.