- The umbrella body of Nigerian students, NANS, has vowed to stage "a mother of all protest" should FG continue with its plan to feed pupils at home
- The body, in a submission by its president Danielson Akpa, described the move as “a reckless spending and misplaced priority”
- NAN stressed that the continuation of the programme will create an avenue to perpetuate corruption and fraudulent activities
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National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has described as a misplaced priority the decision by the federal government to continue feeding pupils at home, vowing to stage "a mother of all protest" if the plan is not retraced.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Friday, May 15, Danielson Akpan, NANS president labelled the plan as an attempt to siphon the country's fund as there are many initiatives government can consider during coronavirus crisis, Tribune reports.
Akpan wondered how the government would justify withdrawing N697 million it proposed to spend daily which literally amounts to N13.5 billion a month.
He further described the programme as "unimaginable and unrealistic", stressing that the decision was not only “reckless spending, but also a misplaced priority.”
“It is quite unfortunate and disturbing that our government at this time is giving priority to a programme that would further encourage wastage of hard-earned resources.
“We condemn in totality the plan to feed school children at home. We see it as an avenue to perpetuate corruption and fraudulent activities.
“We not only condemn this, but we also frown at any attempt by some people to further loot our national treasury. The continuation of the school feeding programme at this period that schools are closed is sheer fraud," Akpan submitted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it is a huge scam for the federal government to claim it is still carrying out the school feeding programme when schools are shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The spokesman for the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Thursday, May 14, alleged that some officials in Buhari’s government were trying to siphon N13.5 billion under the guise of feeding school children during the lockdown.
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