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Outcry as FG spends N679m daily on feeding schoolchildren during lockdown

Outcry as FG spends N679m daily on feeding schoolchildren during lockdown

The federal government’s insistence on continuing the schoolchildren feeding programme despite the lockdown that has kept pupils at home has raised concerns among well meaning Nigerians, Vanguard reports.

This is the position of some stakeholders in the education sector such as the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Concerned Parents and Educators, CPE among others.

They made their positions on the matter known while speaking with Vanguard, basing their fears on workability of the logistics needed to take food to the homes of pupils since people are not allowed to congregate in large numbers because of the pandemic.

This is just as it was gathered that government claims to be spending the sum of N679 million daily or N13.5 billion monthly on the project in 31 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Recall that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, in the last few days, had been harping on government’s insistence to continue the homegrown school feeding programme, even when schools are shut down.

Source- Vanguard reports.

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