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Abia to feed 30,000 pupils thrice per week




Under its Universal Basic Education Provisions, the Abia State government has said it has commenced a pilot arrangement to feed 30,000 primary school pupils three times in a week in 10 Local Council Areas.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Bonnie Iwuoha said this yesterday, while addressing journalists on the decisions taken at the state’s weekly Executive Council meeting, noting that pupils are to be fed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

He added that after taking critical look at the major challenges affecting Abians, the executive council has decided on revitalizing all the 52 Water Schemes and installation of streetlights along roads in Umuahia, Aba and Ohafia.

He said the new government house and new workers Secretariat premises are to be powered by Solar energy and that new markets are to be provided with modern conveniences, covered roofs, Police post, motor parks, fire service posts, among others, to bring them to international standards.

On the state roads, he said that the council applauded on going reconstruction and rehabilitation on 42 roads in Aba, Ohafia and Umuahia and that by the end of the dry season, roads leading to Aba would have been completed.

Noting that the Works Commissioner has been directed to liaise with his federal counterpart to accelerate repairs of dilapidated roads, he said there are plans between the state and its neighbor, Akwa Ibom, to jointly rehabilitate shared federal roads.

He also said that all the Local Councils have been directed to grade at least ten kilometers of roads within their domains, adding that the state is boosting agriculture with an integrated farming programme with focus on palm produce, cocoa, root and tuber production and palm planting.

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