- The African Action Congress has described the proposed feeding of school children at home by the federal government as a scam
- The party described the initiative as ill-conceived, irrational, undigested and not properly thought out
- The opposition party further called on the federal government to immediately halt the programme
The African Action Congress (AAC) has called on the federal government to immediately halt the proposed feeding of school children at home in collaboration with state governments to cushion the impact of coronavirus pandemic.
The party said, the initiative, meant to commence this week, is “ill-conceived, irrational, undigested and not properly thought out.”
The AAC berated the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development for proposing the idea, saying there are better and creative ways to manage the concerns and needs of Nigerians amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
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“It is outrageous, embarrassing and a mockery of our national intelligence,” the party said in a statement signed by its national chairman, Dr Leonard Nzenwa.
The AA further said: “We are still wondering if the proposed feeding effort is school feeding or feeding at the home of school pupils. AAC sees this as feasting on the people than feeding Nigerian school pupils.
“Barely a fortnight after expressing misgivings about the whole school feeding programme on national television, the minister would still go ahead to resubscribe and pursue to execute the programme.
“The school feeding programme which has engulfed over N3billion since the Buhari administration started it, has turned out to be a disaster.
“It is inconceivable that Sadiya Umar-Farouk who earlier described the programme as a disaster will now be so passionate about it and going the extra mile of extending it to school children at home.
“It is obvious that the proposed feeding of school children at home is a scam, a drainpipe to syphon taxpayers money and enrich unscrupulous Nigerians going by what happened during payment of purported N20,000.00 to vulnerable Nigerians.”
The AAC insisted that the programme will be riddled with corruption, stressing that it is an uphill task to locate children in their respective homes, especially as most of them reside in rural areas.
The party called on the federal government to pay the funds allocated for the purported feeding of school children at home to Nigerians with bank BVN as proposed earlier by government.
“The funds earmarked for the programme will make more impact if paid into bank accounts of Nigerians who are parents of these school children.
“This way, the funds will be properly accounted for. To do otherwise is to further institutionalize corruption in the polity through this phoney programme,” the party concluded.
Recall that the AAC recently warned that the repatriation of almajiris across Nigeria is spreading the dreaded COVID-19.
The party in a statement sent to journalists on Thursday, May 7, called for the stoppage of the exercise, saying it increases the spread of COVID-19 across the country.
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