Rising cost of foodstuffs crippling FG’s school feeding program – Official

The rising inflationary rate resulting in the high cost of foodstuffs is affecting Federal Government’s National Home Grown School Feeding programme negatively. This assertion was made in Calabar yesterday, by the Programme Manager of the programme in Cross-Rivers State, Gab Okulaja, in an interview with newsmen. Okulaja appealed to the Federal Government to review the programme to take care of inflationary trends, as it planned to add five million beneficiaries to the existing nine million. “We have the challenge of increase in the prices of foodstuffs by as much as…

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N2.67bn school feeding fraud: Humanitarian Ministry not involved, says ICPC

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has clarified that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, did not divert N2.67 billion for school feeding as alleged by some publications. Spokesperson of the ICPC, Mrs Azuka Ogugua, in a statement on Tuesday said that the commission chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, was misquoted and urged the public to disregard such publication. The statement said: “The attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been drawn to some reports…

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COVID-19: We spent over N500m to feed school children during lockdown

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, (MHADMSD) Sadiya Farouk, has revealed that the federal government spent about N523.3 million on school feeding programme during the lockdown against the Coronavirus pandemic. The minister disclosed this at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja. She said that the program was modified and implemented in three states following a March 29 Presidential directive. According to her, each take-home ration was valued at N4,200 and the EFCC, CCB, ICPC, DSS and some NGOs were reportedly invited to…

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