Give us back the nutri-bulla, Reid!
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid permanently suspended the distribution of the 'nutri-bulla' programme at the expense of hungry and deprived children. Has he no sympathy for the poor and indigent?
I am using my letter so that the unemployed and those who cannot make ends meet will hopefully get their voices heard and the Government can hear their cry.
The bullas Reid has taken down from the shelves at schools are not ordinary bullas. They are not sold in shops or supermarkets.
Many parents and students, over the years, depend on the milk and nutri-bullas to get a meal.
During my primary school days I ate nutri-bullas, along with the milk, sometimes the bun, and I am well over 50 years old now.
It should be known, too, that these nutri-bullas, baked by the Nutrition Products situated on Marcus Garvey Drive, are packed with nutritional value, and the milk has a high level of calcium for growing children, which is beneficial for their mental ability and acuity.
I beg Minister Reid to rethink his stance and let the nutri-bullas be distributed again from the basic school level.
I certainly hope this is not political point-scoring. If a Government wants to demolish the work of another party, find a better solution or an alternative to feed the hungry in this country, especially those who depend on the benefits of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education.
Why not improve the plans, bake other nutritional products, and expand the facility on Marcus Garvey Drive? This Government has derailed every fundamental plan by the People's National Party. One can definitely see that the Jamaica Labour Party has no regard for the poor. They only care to indulge in scandals, corruption and mayhem.
American politics has taught me that politicians, too, can spend time in prison. Sadly, ours go unscathed and avoid impeachment, often while the poor go hungry and the destitute suffer.
Minister Reid, being a past principal, did you ever see a hungry child suffer during your tenure? Were you around when the school feeding programme began? Have a heart for the poor who cannot afford a rich and expensive lunch like you and your colleagues enjoy every day.