- The federal government has dismissed claims by critics who described the plan to feed school children at home is a scam
- Sadiya Umar Farouq, the minister of disaster and humanitarian affairs faulted the claims by the critics of the feeding programme
- Farouq said feeding children at home is meant to check food insecurity and malnutrition
The federal government has dismissed claims by critics who described the plan to feed school children at home as a scam.
The minister of disaster management, humanitarian affairs and social development, Umar Farouq, on Thursday, May 21, defended the federal government’s decision to spend N679 million on the programme, The Nation reports.
Speaking in Lagos at the lunch of the feeding programme, the minister gave two cogent reasons why the feeding school children cannot be described as a scam.
One of the reasons was that the initiative was recognised internationally. She said 16 other countries are still feeding children despite the closure of schools.
Farouq also insisted that feeding children at home is carried out to check food insecurity and malnutrition.
Legit.ng had 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 PDP, 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.
The opposition party alleged that some officials in the Buhari presidency are trying to finance their lavish lifestyles by diverting N679 million daily to private purses under the cover feeding school children.
The PDP questioned how the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Hajiya Umar Farouq, plans to feed school children who are in their respective homes following the closure of schools.
It pointed out that Farouq has been making conflicting pronouncements each time Nigerians demand details of her humongous spending.
The party insisted that the minister has failed to provide details of how she intends to reach the 9.7 million school children, who are now in their homes in different locations since the closure of schools.
In another report, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) MA Adamu has launched a feeding programme in the Nigerian Police Force called the community sensitization campaign and palliative support program against Covid-19.
Flagged off on Tuesday, May 19, the initiative is targeted at feeding the hungry within the policing communities across the states of the federation during this present lockdown.
In handling the program, the IGP appointed the most senior female officer in the force who is also a commissioner of police, Dr Aisha Abubakar. She has a PhD in veterinary epidemiology and has a UNESCO award for women in science.
IGP Adamu said that the line between abject poverty and crime is a blurry one as he praised the female officers for the solution-proffering initiative, saying they are “worthy ambassadors of the force”.