House of Reps calls coordinators of FG school feeding scheme for Questioning
The Federal government's school meal program has been vetted by the House of representatives
The General statistician of the Federation and the National Bureau of statistics (NBS) were asked to provide data and shed more light on the national school feeding program.
The scheme, which has been in existence for some time, was initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari-led by the Federal government, the Globalgistng reports.
The study was conducted by the House Committee on public accounts on Wednesday, July 1.
Claiming that the data used for this initiative is not verifiable, the Committee, headed by Wole oke, called on the NBS to provide data on the number of students and other beneficiaries of the feeding system.
In addition, the Oke requested certification of food suppliers for the school nutrition program and confirmation of their compliance with the law on public procurement to ensure the safety of students ‘ lives.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of humanitarian Affairs, disaster management and social development announced that a list of all suppliers participating in the modified school meal program will be submitted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Minister for humanitarian Affairs Sadiya Farouq, who said this at the daily briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Friday in Abuja, noted that this is done to ensure transparency and accountability.
She said the modified school nutrition program is funded by the Federal government, implemented by the States, and implemented with the assistance of the Ministry.
The Minister said it was aimed at heads of household, carers and carers of students who have already benefited from the National school meals at home program (NHGSFP).
Also Read: 30 prominent Nigerians are forming a new political movement ahead of 2023, unveil official name(list)
She noted that suppliers have been participating in the program since the beginning and that they are not new.
She said the Ministry had also invited civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help monitor events.
Farouq, speaking about the recently launched NHGSFP intervention in the FCT, acknowledged the role of the United Nations world food programme in Nigeria in providing technical support.