Pupils in 100 public primary schools in Lagos State will
resume for the 2015/2016 academic session next week to improvements in
the snacks and meals food vendors sell in
The changes are courtesy of Flour Mills Nigeria Ltd, which has trained food vendors in schools. They are expected to apply same in
providing mid-day meals for the pupils.
Some of them were also given industrial gas cookers to help in
The firm also donated tuck shops to schools where its array of
snacks that have been fortified with
essential nutrients would be sold to
encourage pupils to eat healthy rather than consuming snacks that are
The snacks include Golden bites (a sachet of chin chin), noodies
(ready-to-eat noodles snack), Kool to Go (a vitamin c drink),
During the training at the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board
(LSUBEB), Maryland, the Executive
Secretary of the board, Mrs Abosede
Adelaja, praised the company for
remembering this category of workers
in the school system, urging the vendors not to take their roles in the smooth running of the
“Today is a good day. I have heard of training for teachers,
clerical officers and cleaners, but we
have never heard anything like
training for food vendors. Food vendors, you play a very great role in our
schools; you may not know. If for instance you feed any child
with poison, there would be disarray.
It may take up to one week for the
school to settle down.
“Your role is essential. You play a
parental role to these children.
You must change the way you package your goods. When you cook, ask yourself if you can give what you are cooking to your own child. Let us do everything properly and with the fear of God,” she said.
On the new quality assurance programme of the state government, the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, who was represented
by Mrs Funmilayo Odupitan, said in the
new session, food vendors would be assessed as part of the quality assurance process in schools.
“From September, we will start by examining your appearance; we will
assess you from head-to-toe – whether your head is covered; we want to
check your health record; how neat the environment is and the quality of the food you are serving,”she said.
Representative of Flour Mills, Mr
Efosa Cliff-Ogingo, said the initiative was part of the firm’s
efforts to promote children’s right to nutrition.
“The major focus of Flour Mills is to ensure that the right of a child to adequate nutrition is guaranteed. To reduce health
hazards to our
children, it is good to discourage unhealthy snacks and replace
them with healthy and well fortified
snacks,” he said.