- The House of Reps has kicked over N186 billion spent on the federal government's school feeding programme
- This was revealed on Monday, June 15, when a committee from the lower chamber grilled officials in charge of the programme
- The House committee on public accounts explained that the amount was not acceptable and ordered that the programme be audited
The whopping sum of N186 billion spent on the federal government's school feeding programme through the National Conditional Cash Transfer Office (NICTO) has angered Nigeria's House of Representatives, Vanguard reports.
The lower chamber expressed outrage over the amount on Monday, June 15, when Dr. Mrs. Sinkaye Temitope, the national coordinator of the programme and Iowa Apera, the national safety net coordinating officer appeared before the House committee on public accounts.
Apera explained to the committee that N64bn out of N186 billion was spent on feeding school pupils alone.
Busayo Oluwole Oke, the chairman and other members of the panel noted their displeasure, adding that it was not acceptable. The committee then immediately ordered a complete audit of the programme.
Dr. Temitope went on to note that since 2016 when the scheme was initiated, school feeding has gulped a whopping sum of N186 billion in total.
The national coordinator added that the office in 2018, 2019, and 2020 spent N63.2 billion, N32.2 billion, and N124.4 billion respectively.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government dismissed claims by critics who described the plan to feed school children at home as a scam.
The minister of humanitarian affairs, Umar Farouq, on Thursday, May 21, defended the federal government’s decision to spend N679 million on the programme.
Speaking in Lagos at the lunch of the feeding programme, the minister gave two cogent reasons why feeding school children cannot be described as a scam.
One of the reasons was that the initiative was recognized internationally. She said 16 other countries are still feeding children despite the closure of schools.
In other news, the minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management was summoned by the House of Reps over COVID-19 funds.
Farouq was invited by the House committee on public accounts on Tuesday, June 9, to explain the disbursement of funds released by the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force to the ministry and its agencies.
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