Haven dished out a whopping N13bn during the COVID-19 lockdown, to finance the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), the Federal Government has said that it employed third party bodies, like the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), the Department of State Services (DSS) and the World Food Programme to monitor the distribution exercise.
This was made known by the Special Adviser to the President on the School Feeding Programme, Dr Dotun Adebayo, who gave the assurance at a virtual meeting with COVID-19 stakeholders in Abuja.
However, some experts in the educational sector, and some public analysts have criticised the feeding of pupils at home during the COVID-19 school closure.
In the presentation titled, ‘Delivering a transparent food ration distribution,’Adebayo said, “To prevent slides to old habits during the food ration distribution, we have; one, validation of items across all the distribution centres; two, voucher collection process; three, invitation of third party monitors and agencies. These are the WFP, Civil Society Organisations, ICPC, DSS, and others.
“On our budget, we normally expend N1,400 per child per 20 days when schools are open. Fortunately, we had existing funds to cover a 20-day cycle in April for 35 states before schools were closed due to the COVID lockdown.
“We worked within the existing budget of the programme to come up with a food ration package of a total cost of N4,200 per household on the presumption of an average of three children per household. Our targeted number of households is 3,131,971 households.”