Coronavirus: despite nationwide shutdown, govt insists school feeding programme continues

The Nigerian government has insisted that the school feeding programme will continue despite nationwide school closure as a result of coronavirus lockdown.

It is not, however, clear how the government wants to implement the school feeding programme when there is a nationwide school closure as a result of coronavirus lockdown.

Sadiya Farouq, Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, on Monday disclosed that the school feeding programme will be implemented despite the closure of schools Nationwide.

The minister said the federal government will collaborate with the state governors to ensure that the school feeding programme is sustained.

The minister made this known while responding to questions at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force in Abuja, the Nigerian capital on Monday.

Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian president had, on Sunday during a nationwide broadcast, directed the ministry to develop a strategy on how to sustain the school feeding programme.

“Furthermore, although schools are closed, I have instructed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development to work with State Governments in developing a strategy on how to sustain the school feeding program during this period without compromising our social distancing policies,” Buhari said.

The government’s decision to sustain and continues the implementation of the school feeding programme during the coronavirus lockdown appears a surprise to many, as the schools are closed Nationwide.

The minister, however, at the briefing did not provide details on how the government wants to sustain the school feeding programme when pupils are at home nationwide as a result of coronavirus lockdown.

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