Cooks under the national home grown school feeding programme have been told to strictly observe utmost hygiene when preparing food for pupils.

This was the position of the facilitators at the Nationwide documentation and training of cooks on the national home grown school feeding programme in Akure.

The training which was organized by the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development availed the cooks the opportunity to acquire knowledge on dietary and nutritional components in food prepared for the pupils.

The team leader from the ministry, Mrs Kemisola Olashetemi said that there was also the need for data capturing to update the profile of the cooks in order to track them for enhanced service delivery.

“This is the training of the master trainers and they are expected to step down what they have learnt at their various local government, retraining at local government will come up from time to time.”

In a remark, the special adviser to governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on public and inter-governmental affairs, Mrs Bunmi Ademosun charged the cooks to be diligent and shun all forms of corruption as anyone found compromising would be dealt with.

Mrs Ademosun tasked the cooks to see their engagement as service to the nation saying they could be held accountable for it.

“This is important for the cooks from the North senatorial districts where there are reports of Lassa Fever at some point. Excess rainfall in Southern senatorial district means there might be bursting of pipelines and that can affect fishes. So, we are retraining them for the sake of our children because we want them to eat well and stay healthy”

“Feed the pupils not the teachers. If you are caught compromising, your account would be stopped” Ademosu said.

Two trainees, Mrs Makanjuola Ayeni and Mr James Oluwole said the training was timely as they would inturn train other cooks in their various council areas.

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