… Says Buhari’s school feeding initiative a fraud
Special Assistant to the Ogun state Governor on Students Matters , Comrade Azeez Adeyemi, has berated the All Progressives Congress government led by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the administration’s school feeding initiative is a scam.
Adeyemi who is combining his appointment with his office as the National Public Relations Officer of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) said federal government proposed plans to spend N13.5billion on feeding school children even during the lockdown period is a fraud.
Adeyemi said this through a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Abeokuta on Thursday describing the Federal government’s decision to continue with the school feeding programme even as schools are not opened as an avenue to further drain lean resources of the country.
According to Adeyemi, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq’s announcement that the Federal Government would continue with the school feeding programme even as schools are shutdown is nothing but an attempt to ridicule Nigeria.
It would be recalled that a commissioner n the same cabinet has once thrown jabs at a national leader of the party and former Governor of Ogun state, Chief Olusegun Osoba.
“The Federal Government’s insistence to go ahead with the school feeding programme despite criticism by Nigerians, especially stakeholders in the education sector has shown that the programme is another way of perpetrating a fraud on another large scale.”
“when the priority of the government should be on finding a cure for the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.”
“We suspect that the continuation of feeding school children at their homes is another sham and a smokescreen hope at deceiving Nigerians.
“We are calling for the suspension of this structured daily looting and fraud under the guise of home feeding of pupils.
“Where is the money to execute this programme coming from giving the fact that the government has always been crying of no money?”
NANS queried the source of the proposed N697million to be spent daily amounting to N13.5billion a monthly on the programme, describing the decision as not only “reckless spending, but also misplaced priority.”
Meanwhile some quarters in the state APC have however expressed worries over the government’s continues attacks on the Party and federal government.