- There are plans to restart the school feeding programme of the federal government
- This was announced by the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq
- Some Nigerians have been reacting to the government's plan to restart the programme
The federal government has announced that it would commence the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), in February 2021, across the country including the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
This is as the COVID-19 second wave hits harder across the country as infection rates skyrocket to record numbers.
According to Leadership newspaper, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, disclosed this in Abuja at the 4th annual review of the scheme.
She announced that the school feeding scheme will commence immediately school resumes while expressing optimism that there will be an increment in school enrollment.
She added that additional 5 million pupils including children in the non-conventional educational settings, would be added to the scheme.
Some Nigerians have been reacting to the government's decision to re-start the scheme.
Below are some of the comments from citizens seen by Legit.ng on social media.
Samuel Audu wrote on Facebook:
“These people have started their fraud again in the name of school feeding.”
Pius Ugwoke wrote:
“It is now very obvious that this government is really confused and prides in misplacement of priorities, or engages in some actions for purely self-interests.
“How can a government that is borrowing money left, right and centre, and even intends to sell some national assets to fund the budget contemplate embarking on this useless and fraudulent school feeding programme, at this time?
“Who really did this to us? Why can't Buhari and his cohorts in power ever think of something meaningful to help the people?”
Abubakar Babando Aliyu wrote:
“This is sad. I wonder if there is coordination within the government and who is truly running the system. Goodluck Jonathan was accused of borrowing to pay salary in those days...but this government, it appears will borrow to drain out in the name of school feeding.”
Eyije Emmanuel wrote:
“Another method of looting the government.”
Recall that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) recently declared that the federal government is responsible for the spike in the second wave of coronavirus in Nigeria.
The PDP made the accusation in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, and seen by Legit.ng on Wednesday, January 13.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians especially the elites to be fair in their criticism of his administration by looking at the situation of the country before the assumption of the All Progressives Congress-led government.
A statement by the presidency seen by Legit.ng noted that President Buhari made the call on Thursday, January 14 when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission.
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