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FG says report about spending N679m daily on school feeding is incorrect.

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The Federal Government has debunked reports that it was spending N679 million  [$1,739,881.82] daily on school feeding programme.

The Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social  Development, Sadiya Farouk made the clarification Friday at the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.

“For clarity, the  programme which is funded by the federal government of Nigeria is implemented by the state governments and facilitated by the Federal Ministry of human Affairs, disaster Management and Social Development.

“And also we are not spending N679 million per day  as alluded to, that number is inaccurate the take-home ration worth N4,200 per household and as planned as a monthly COVID-19 intervention for 3, 131,971 household in the participating states of the Federation.

“And this programme, as modified is targeted at heads of the households, Guardians and caregivers, of this children the primary school pupils one to three.

“When the federal government ordered the closure of schools across the country in order to help flatten the curve on the COVID-19,  it interrupted the school feeding programme, which is one of our Cardinal project has a government and which preceded the COVID-19  outbreak, because the programme was already ongoing food vendors had already been contacted and mobilized for the project.

“We’re also mindful of the fact that most vendors having mobilised are made purchases Preparatory to the project as official. It’s not just possible to ask them for a refund. This has been done before the schools calendar was disrupted.

In light of this the, dimension demanding a refund will be cumbersome and unrealistic. So the ministry went into consultation with Nigerian governance Forum in line with the directive of Mr. President talked about modalities on how to continue with the program despite that that the schools are closed and especially because of the expatiating  challenges posed by this COVID-19.

“That is how we arrived at the modified School feeding program of taking food rations into the households of this children.

“So how we got our data with children at home was another issue. When children are enrolled in schools, as part of the registration process has a detailed register which contains the address of parents and guardians of every people is kept with the school as well as the class teachers. We also obtained those from SUBEB and other sources.

“Also in the community where these are children live, every child’s home can be easily identified by members of that community and management of these schools. So to ensure full transparency so that the programme is not compromised, we are submitting a full list of all the vendors to the EFFC  and let me also state here that these vendors have been in the structure since 2016. So we’re using existing structure is not a whole new program that we are enrolling.

 

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