Th e federal government is to feed 5.5 million primary school children as part of eff orts to ensure quality and accessible education to all children, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said. Speaking yesterday in Kaduna at the 28th convocation ceremony for the 64 Regular Course of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force as well as 65 Regular Course of Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force and Short service course 44 of Nigerian Army at the Nigerian Defence Academy, he said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had a their military training.” Th e Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy, Maj.-Gen. Mohammed Tasiu Ibrahim, commended the federal government for supporting them in building a 3,000 capacity auditorium and fencing the 37km square fencing a project previously put at N9.7 billion but completed with N1 billion.
He said two Regular Courses 64 and 65 were combined because the institution would, henceforth, run its cadet programme for four years instead of the previous fi ve years. mission of providing quality education to Nigerians to ease the burden of education on the common man. Osinbajo, who was represented by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali, commended the Commandant and staff of NDA for “discharging military and academic training and both roles are being performed creditably” to churn out “well trained offi cials for our armed forces in maintaining territorial integrity and national security. He added that the institution had done well in the area of research, teaching and community service.
“Th e federal government is aware of the signifi cance of education, it is in this regard that we are giving priority to the development of education sector. Over N398 billion had been budgeted for education sector which remains one of the highest so far. “In the Federal Government’s school feeding programmed 5.5 million school children will be provided with meals in our schools to ease the burden on our parents and to enable our children have access to quality education. It is gladdening that NDA had received National University Commission accreditation in arts and social science, engineering and science. “I urge NDA to put together good infrastructure, curriculum and facilities required to sustain and maintain the accreditation. Th is convocation ceremony is slightly diff erent from the NDA calendar as 64 and 65 Regular Courses will be graduated, 65 cadets have a year to go in their various services in the Navy and Air Force to complete