Lockdown: Government Spends Over N500 Million To Feed Children
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq has said that Federal Government has spent about N523.3 million on school feeding programme during the lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic.
She announced this at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.
Farouk made the revelation against the rumours and speculations going around one of our key interventions of the government – the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
She said that the programmed was modified and implemented in three states following a March 29th, Presidential directive.
The three states are FCT, Lagos and Ogun.
According to her, each takes home ration was valued at N4,200 and that the figure was arrived at with proper consultation.
The minister said that the figure generated from statistics provided by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)
She further said that according to statistics from the NBS and CBN, a typical household in Nigeria has 5.6 to six members in its household, with three to four dependents and as such it is assumed that each household has three children.
The minister further explained that based on the original design of the Home Grown School Feeding programme, long before it was domiciled in the ministry, every child on the programme receives a meal a day.
She said each meal cost N70 per child and when 20 school days per month is taken, it means a child eats food worth N1,400 per month.
She further said that to ensure transparency in the process, the ministry has partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) as technical partners and has also invited government agencies like the EFCC, CCB, ICPC, DSS and some NGOs to monitor the process.
An investigation into the programme revealed that the FCT, 29,609 households were impacted, 37,589 households in Lagos and 60,391 in Ogun, making a total of 124,589 households impacted between May 14, and July 6.
So if 124,589 households received take-home rations valued at N4,200, the amount will be N523,273,800.