15 November 2020 By Kalu Idika
Over two thousand, eight hundred food vendors across the thirteen Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State have commenced training on COVID-19 protocols ahead of the commencement of the school feeding program in the State.
The State Program Manager of the Home Grown feeding Program, Mr. Magaji Amos stated this during a one-day training for food vendors in Lafia.
Mr. Magaji Amos explained that the training was aimed at averting anything capable of jeopardizing the health of pupils as schools re-opens.
He urged the participants who are mainly women to take the training serious as the State Government would not hesitate to take necessary action against anyone who failed to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols for cooking and feeding of the pupils.
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on humanitarian service and Focal Person of the State Social investment program, Alhaji Imran Jibrin noted that a monitoring team would ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols as soon as the program commences.
One of the facilitators and Nutrition Officer, Juliana Bello stressed the importance of mouth and nose covering as well as regular hand washing while cooking.
She also emphasized that the immune system of children is not as strong as that of adults hence the need for food vendors to always maintain good hygiene in line with COVID-19 protocols while cooking and feeding the young people.
Some of the participants, Mrs. Ramatu Emmanuel and Aisha Abdullahi expressed appreciation to the State Government for the training and promised to accord priority to the wellbeing of pupils while discharging their responsibilities.