By Franca Joseph, For Agenda Watchdog, May 16, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – In a bid to dispel reports making the rounds that it was spending N679 million daily on its Modified School Feeding Programme, the Federal Government is proposing to submit the list of the participating vendors in the programme to the country’s apex financial crimes watchdog, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
This was disclosed by the Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Minister, Sadiya Farouq, during a routine news briefing session of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Abuja.
According to Farouq, the move was in line with the “transparency and accountability” mantra of the Buhari administration, adding that Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other watchdog organizations were being allowed to monitor the execution of the programme.
The Minister said that the modified school feeding programme, which was targeteted at households and guardians of pupils, was funded by the Federal Government, with the states and her ministry implementing and facilitating it respectively.