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Spend school feeding fund on public varsities – Babalola

The founder of Afe Babalola University , Chief Afe Babalola , on Thursday advised the Federal Government to cancel the school feeding programme for school children when schools were closed and the children were with their parents .
Babalola , who said it would be difficult to trace the children’s addresses , advised the Federal Government to, on the contrary , use the money earmarked for the school feeding to support public tertiary institutions to acquire testing machines and preventive materials for COVID – 19 .
The ABUAD founder , who spoke in his congratulatory message to the new Chief of Staff to the President , Prof . Ibrahim Gambari , on Thursday, urged the technocrat to intervene , saying , “These are some areas which I believe deserve your immediate and urgent attention .”
He listed the equipment that the school feeding funds should be used to purchase to include Polymerase Chain Reaction Machines, face masks , sanitisers and Serological Test Machines, saying , “ These safety measures will enable the higher institutions to reopen because the hygienic status of their campuses would have been enhanced .”
Babalola told Gambari , “This is the appropriate time for you to recommend to Mr President to immediately put in place measures that will address the aftermath of COVID – 19 .
“This is also the appropriate time to recommend to Mr President to put in place policies and measures that will encourage the production of home -grown vaccines to combat the deadly COVID – 19 .
“Under you as COS , those who have useful advice for Mr President should be allowed easy access to the President ,” the ABUAD founder advised .
He lauded the new appointee , who he said had intimidating profile , saying , “Your assignment as the COS this time round is coming at a very trying time for Nigeria and the world at large having regard to the raging COVID – 19 pandemic and its devastating consequences on the nation ’s economy , its education and life generally ”.
Babalola said it would be more fulfilling if Gambari could come to ABUAD “in company with Mr President whom I have invited on several occasions in the past to see what we have been doing since we commenced academic works 10 years ago ”.

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