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School Feeding: FG to submit list of Vendors to EFCC, Denies Spending N679M daily

In a bid to ensure transparency and accountability, the Federal Government said it has decided to submit list of all participating vendors in the modified School Feeding Programme to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Humanitarian Affairs Minister, Sadiya Farouq made the disclosure at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 daily news briefing on Friday, 15th May, 2020 in Abuja..

She said the modified school feeding programme was being funded by the Federal Government, implemented by states and facilitated by the ministry.

The minister noted that it was targeted at heads of households, guardians and caregivers of the pupils, already benefiting from the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP).

She said the vendors had been on the programme since inception and that they were not new.

She said that the ministry had also invited Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to help with the monitoring of events.

Farouq, speaking on the recently-launched NHGSFP Intervention in the FCT, acknowledged the role of the United Nations World Food Programme in Nigeria in providing technical support.

“We are not spending N679 million per day as reported by the media. That figure is inaccurate.

“The take-home rations are worth N4,200 per household and are planned as a monthly COVID-19 intervention, for 3.1 million households in the participating states.

“To reach the households, we are using the various school registers, which contain addresses of all the pupils, we are also using SUBEB databases.

“Also, since schools are community-based, it is easy for children to be identified/verified in the various communities,”.

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