The Minister of disaster management, humanitarian affairs and social development, Hajia Umar Farouq has reacted to allegations about the school feeding programme being embarked upon despite lockdown.
She explained the reason for the federal government’s decision to sustain the programme adding that six hundred and seventy-nine million naira has been spent on the scheme.
Farouq who spoke in Lagos at the lunch of the feeding programme gave two reasons why the feeding school children cannot be described as a scam.
According to her, feeding children at home is carried out to check food insecurity and malnutrition.
School Feeding Programme
Earlier, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has described the federal government’s claim about the scheme as a scam.
The spokesman for the party, Kola Ologbondiyan alleged that some officials in President Buhari’s administration were trying to siphon over thirteen billion naira under the guise of feeding school children during the lockdown.
The opposition party alleged that some officials in the Buhari administration are trying to divert over six hundred million naira daily to their purses under the guise of 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 despite the closure of schools.
According to the PDP, the minister of humanitarian affairs has failed to provide details of how she intends to reach the school children in their homes during the lockdown.
Meanwhile, some Nigerians have advised that it will be better if the federal government can look into ensuring that palliatives reach the people that need it instead of spending heavily on the school feeding programme given the impact of the lockdown on people who cannot earn their daily living as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.