The state administration of Osun State has been urged to cease interfering with the lives of kids enrolled in public elementary and secondary institutions by the All Progressives Congress, or APC.
This is in response to reports that on Monday, a few students at Saint James Primary School B in Owoope, Osogbo, may have contracted food poisoning.
Eighteen students from the school were treated in hospitals on Monday as a result of the event.
Tajudeen Lawal, the chairman of the Osun APC, commented on the event and cautioned Governor Ademola Adeleke to stop the vendors serving the students subpar food as part of the school feeding program.
Lawal said in a statement that the occurrence was a result of the man in charge of affairs in the state taking a lazy attitude.
As one of the moms of the victims described how her son was feeling when he returned from school, he began to smell strongly of rotten eggs, which made me uncomfortable on a human level.
Is it accurate to say that a pitiful N64 was allocated for every student’s meal? Is it accurate to say that each O’Meal seller receives N10,000 from the Adeleke administration each month?
Governor Adeleke ought to speak openly with his creator if these accusations are accurate.
“How could the food vendors be devoted if they receive peanuts as payment and lack proper food supplies, considering that he personally allocated billions for his own meals and snacks?”
“The youngsters impacted are this nation’s future leaders. Would Governor Adeleke have had the chance to develop into the contentious governor that he is now if he had been served rotten eggs as a kid, as occurred to the helpless schoolchildren?
“Everyone involved ought to stand up and denounce Governor Adeleke’s laissez-faire approach to governance, which has partially materialized in the 18 schoolchildren who may have been poisoned by his poorly designed and inadequate free school feeding program.”
Nonetheless, more than a hundred students were provided the meal, according to Dipo Eluwole, the Osun State Commissioner of Education.
He questioned why the only people impacted were the roughly eleven of them who lived in the same compound.
He clarified that the students’ parents had declined the government’s offer to have them assessed in a public hospital, even though they had been informed of the plan to do so after their assessment.
“More than a hundred students consumed the meal. However, it was stated that around 11 of them—who reside in the same compound—were impacted.
“We encountered the impacted students who were writing exams when we arrived at the school on Tuesday. We offered to move them to a hospital for additional examinations after their exam, but their parents declined.
“We captured the moment on camera. After learning what the parents of the impacted students had claimed, I ordered the school’s officer to turn the students over to government representatives, and they were transported to the UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital in Osogbo. Following their examination, the physicians informed us that they were in perfect health.
“One of the students is undernourished. Following her examination, we learned that this student only ever ate the meals provided by the government to the school. The girl is underweight.
“We instructed the hospital to admit her and treat her malnourishment.” But we did issue a warning to the hospital to make sure they watch out for her, lest the opposition party abduct her and claim that the government is to blame.
“Some of the parents who we spoke with said that Boda Wasiu asked them to speak candidly on camera yesterday (Monday).” Nothing, they said, had an impact on their kids.
“We do not wish to tag the individual who provided us with that clue. However, we will want the aforementioned Wasiu to be taken into custody and provide information on the things they say he committed.
“In order to prevent them from attacking her, we won’t want to reveal the source. Wasiu is an APC member who has a card. Their only goal is to damage this administration’s reputation.
Ayodele Oluwaseyi, the state governor’s special advisor on O-Meals, refuted claims of food placement as well.
Ayodele claimed that the occurrence was an example of political mischief.
She said that “the state government conducted a new test on the allegedly poisoned students, and the negative results confirmed that there was no food poisoning.”
The students who were reportedly poisoned have subsequently returned to school to finish their exams in light of this.
“The midday meal provided to the students by the O’Meals food vendors should not be connected to the documented cases of food poisoning.” It was found that certain miscreants started it politically with the intention of achieving petty political objectives.
Oluwaseyi went on to say that the ladies hired for the O’Meal initiative as food sellers were trained chefs who made their dishes in the cleanest conditions possible.