—–as Ebere, Onaifoghe described the program as a scam.
By Owho Warri
The national association of Nigeria students and others have queried and condemned the alleged feeding of schools children at home during this lockdown caused by the corona virus disease pandemic that led to the closure of schools nation-wide.
This was in reaction to the statement allegedly credited to the honourable minister of Humanitarian affairs, disasters and social development, Haljia Sadiya Umar-Farouq during a presidential task force briefing on the progress made so far on COVID 19 pandemic on the 15 may 2020, at Abuja.
The minister had urged the Nigerians to support the scheme, explaining that the federal government had gone ahead with the program despite the lockdown, explaining that, because the government had invested funds already in the hands of vendors for the food items, stressing that the program was ongoing already because food vendors have been mobilized for the project and the federal government is also mindful of the fact that, most vendors, having been mobilized, had made purchases in preparatory to the project execution, stressing further that, there is no way government could get back the money, it had already released or invested. “It is not just possible to ask them for refund.
While reacting to the minister statement, the president of NANS, Danielson Akpan, in a statement issued, had noted that the program at this moment is a misplaced priority and a descreet attempt to fleece the hard-earned resources of the nation.
Akpan further queried and frowned at the source of the the proposed #697m to be spent daily, amounting to #13,5b a month on the program, describing it as a waste of resources and reckless spending.
The statement read in parts, stated that “The national body of NANS, after a robust deliberations and discussion on the federal government’s decision to commence the schools feeding programme during a virtual meeting held earlier today 15 may 2020, in response to the minister’s statement, we vehemently rejected and condemned in totality the said decision”
The statement further stated that, NANS in unison rejected the plan to feed schools children at home, describing the programme as an avenue to perpetrate corruption and fraudulent activities— warning that if the federal government goes ahead to implement the programme, NANS will have no choice, but mobilized their members across the country for a mother of all protests.
While the statement used the medium to advise the government to Chanel the funds meant for the execution of the programme to revive the collapsed educational system and fund infrastructural projects in the universities across the country.
Some parents, while speaking to Isoko mirror, have challenged the honourable minister to be bold enough to tell Nigerians what she has done with the money set aside for the feeding of schools children, stressing that, the alleged feeding programme was still being considered as a mirage due to its non transparency, especially when the services rendered were not seen openly, but only on the pages of newspapers and the questions, majority of parents are asking, demanding for answers is that the honourable minister should be able to come out clean with a register of those children being “FED” during this lockdown, stressing that, with such transparency and accountability and parents of such children coming forward to confirm that such programme exist, will give some kind of satisfaction to Nigerians, but as it is now, there are doubts and it looks like a scam.
However, Mr Jasper Ebere and Mr Joseph Onaifoghe (parents) while speaking to Isoko mirror, they had challenged the honourable minister to debunk the information going round, especially by providing the true situation of the funds set aside for the feeding of schools children, stressing that Nigerians are beginning to think that the programme is a ” SCAM” and therefore urged the minister to come out with the facts of the matter.