The Edo State Government has revealed that it may collaborate with Dufi Prima Food Plc, a private firm, to domesticate and implement the Federal Government’s Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
Governor Godwin Obaseki, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Taiwo Akerele, made this known in Benin City on Friday as he received the management team of Dufi Prima Food Plc at the Edo State Government House where the food company indicated its interest to collaborate with the state government on the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
Commending the initiative of the company, the governor revealed that the state government would draw out a plan in line with the state’s procurement law on engaging service providers to bid for the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
He said: “We are going to come up with a proposal. We have the state procurement law and we will open up the procurement process for invitation to everybody who is into this line and see that the best in terms of production and output is chosen”.
Meanwhile, Dufi Prima Food consultant, Efosa Cliff-Ogiugo, congratulated the state government on the successful launch of school feeding programme held in Benin City revealing that the company’s visit was to officially introduce its products and develop a partnership on the use of its products for the programme.
The consultant noted that the company was already into partnership with the federal government on the programme and wanted to engage as many states as possible, adding that the company also intend to introduce programmes to upgrade school infrastructure.
He, however, maintained that the company would extend the gesture to disabled children and ensure that the value of the N10m proposed for the feeding programme would span nine months.