Despite the coronavirus lockdown, the Muhammadu Buhari government has claimed to have spent the sum of N679 million daily or N13.5 billion monthly on school feeding programme across the 36 states of the federation including the Abuja during the lockdown, Vanguard reports.
Worse still, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Concerned Parents and Educators, CPE, and other stakeholders in the education sector have since faulted the government claim to have spent such huge amount of money for school feeding program despite the lockdown.
Umar-Farouq, the Nigerian Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has insisted that the school feeding program will continue during the lockdown while insisting the government will take food to kids at their various homes.
The minister made this known on Wednesday while speaking at the Presidential Task Force briefing on Coronavirus in Abuja.
The minister disclosed that the government had overhauled the school feeding programme in a way to ensure that schoolchildren were fed at home despite the lockdown.
“We have made progress in the overhauling of the homegrown school feeding programme and sensitization has already begun in the three frontline states of Ogun, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory for implementation.
“The overhauling was a sequel to a March 29, 2020 directive by Mr President to identify modalities and continuation of the school feeding programme during the COVID-19 pandemic in the lockdown states as of then.”
“The plan has been adopted, with implementation now set to begin. The programme will, therefore, be carried out based on data provided and structures put in place by participating states with support from partners that include the World Food Programme.”
Farouq pointed out that food would be distributed door-to-door, as vouchers would be allocated at specific collection times to avoid overcrowding.