Lockdown: We're not planning to spend N490million daily on feeding school children - FG
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Lockdown: We're not planning to spend N490million daily on feeding school children - FG

- The federal government has denied a media report suggesting N490million will be spent daily on feeding school children at home

- The clarification was made by the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development

- The ministry stated that the report used the old figure of N70 per pupil per cooked meal

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The federal government has denied that it has earmarked N490million daily on feeding school children during the lockdown.

The clarification was made on behalf of the government by the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development.

The ministry coordinates all humanitarian affairs in Nigeria including the school feeding programme of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

A media report had recently stated that the initiative will cost the government N490million daily.

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The ministry had denied it, saying, the report used the old figure of N70 per pupil per cooked meal, which is not the case at the moment.

Interestingly, in clarifying the report, the ministry failed to provide any figure, either what it has spent or intend to spend on the initiative.

The initiative has been a subject of controversy since it was launched, with many querying the government's sincerity in executing the project.

At a time Nigeria is battling with scarce financial resources, many Nigerians are of the opinion that the current initiative is needless since the kids are at home due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Some Nigerians have advised the ministry to instead, focus on empowering parents since the children are currently in their care.

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Recently, the African Action Congress (AAC) called on the federal government to immediately halt the proposed feeding of school children at home.

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The party said, the initiative is “ill-conceived, irrational, undigested and not properly thought out.”

“It is outrageous, embarrassing and a mockery of our national intelligence.

“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.

“The school feeding programme which has engulfed over N3billion since the Buhari administration started it, has turned out to be a disaster,” a statement signed by the party chairman, Leonard Nzenwa said.

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