Group seeks review of school feeding programme

Group seeks review of school feeding programme

Private school owners Nigeria have picked holes in the federal government school feeding programme for public primary and secondary schools pupils and students. He described the exclusion of pupils and students in private schools from the scheme as a travesty of justice. He urged the federal government to review the alleged lopsidedness in scheme for

Private school owners Nigeria have picked holes in the federal government school feeding programme for public primary and secondary schools pupils and students.

He described the exclusion of pupils and students in private schools from the scheme as a travesty of justice.

He urged the federal government to review the alleged lopsidedness in scheme for the sake of equity and justice.

National President of the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria(APSON), Bishop Godly Opukeme, said this at the first inaugural executive Council meeting and retreat of the association in Benin City. 

Opukeme, said private school owners and teachers who work in private schools including a significant number of parents/guardians are tax payers.

He urged the government to rescind its decision to limit the programme to public schools.

“I remember when they were campaigning with the school feeding program they did not mention public schools.

Federal government should not treat us like that, we pay our tax, our children should be carry along”.

He said the introduction of head count of private schools pupils and students as
a measure for tax collection by Edo State government, amounts to looking for a needle in a haze tag.

“Only recently in Edo the State government came up with head count taxation, counting the number of students in a class. I believe this is absolutely not in line with global practice of taxation”.

On his part, the Delta state chairman of the Association, Comrade Vayero Isaac Ejogbamu, expressed worry over what he termed excessive taxation of members by government agencies.

He tasked the leadership to evoke a synergy targeted  at protecting the interest of private schools operators.

One of the guest lecturers, Austin Osakue, executive Director, Foundation of Good Governance and Social change, frowned at government’s perception of private investors in education as interlopers rather than partners in progress.

He called on the leadership of the association to strengthen its capacity to defend the interest of members.

The two days event with the theme: “Sustaining the vision and mission of Private School in a Contemporary Nigeria Society”, was co-hosted by Edo and Delta States chapter of the association.

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