The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said the “school feeding claims by the Federal Government, when schools are shut due to COVID 19 pandemic, are a huge scam and a scheme by corrupt All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and some officials in the Muhammadu Buhari presidency to siphon a targeted N13.5 billion public funds to finance their wasteful lifestyles.”
“The use of innocent school children as cover to steal and funnel not less than N679 million daily to private purses as sacrilegious, wicked and completely unpardonable,” the party said.
This is coming just as the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Haijia Sadiya Umar Farouq, flagged off the modified Homegrown School Feeding Programme at Kuje Primary School in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
At the event which took place yesterday in Abuja, she indicated that the ministry was working with state governments to ensure the project catered for the targeted 3.1 million households nationwide.
“As we have stated consistently, this programme is funded by the Federal Government, but implemented by the states,” the minister explained.
“The commencement of the school feeding programme today (yesterday) is based on Mr. President’s directive to the ministry to liaise with state governments to develop strategies on the continuation of the school feeding programme,” she said.
But in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP regretted that “while it is clear that the APC-led administration’s school feeding programme had always been a scam, the claims to feed school children even when schools are closed are colossal racketeering taken too far.”
The party said it “rejects the ongoing fraud in which school children, who are in their respective homes bearing the brunt of the failures of the APC administration, are being used as metaphors to divert public funds to a few corrupt individuals in the Buhari presidency.”
“Nigerians are witnesses to how the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Umar Farouq, had always stammered, made conflicting pronouncements and pointed to Mr. President’s speech as a cover each time Nigerians demanded details of her humongous spending,” it said.