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FG to submit list of school feeding vendors to EFCC – Minister

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development says the list of all participating vendors in the modified School Feeding Programme will be submitted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The Minister, Sadiya Farouq, who said this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 daily news briefing on Friday in Abuja, noted that it was for the purpose of transparency and accountability.

Farouq said the modified school feeding programme was being funded by the Federal Government, implemented by states and facilitated by the ministry.
The Minister said it was targeted at heads of households, guardians and caregivers of the pupils, already benefiting from the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
She noted that the vendors had been on the programme since inception and that they were not new.
She said the Ministry had also invited Civil Society Organisations and Non Governmental Organisations to help with monitoring of events.
Farouq, speaking on the recently-launched NHGSFP Intervention in the FCT, acknowledged the role of the United Nations World Food Programme in Nigeria in providing technical support.
She said: “We are not spending N679 million per day as reported by the media.
“That figure is inaccurate.
“The take-home rations are worth N4,200 per household, and are planned as a monthly COVID-19 intervention, for 3.1 million households in the participating states.
“To reach the households, we are using the various school registers, which contain addresses of all the pupils.
“We are also using SUBEB databases.

“Also, since schools are community-based, it is easy for children to be identified/verified in the various communities.”
Meanwhile, Farouq said payment of N-Power Nigeria Volunteers’ outstanding stipends was in the final stages of processing and by next week the beneficiaries would get their payments.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said the CACOVID account was not under the Federal Government control.
“They are funds sourced for by the business community; they are the sole managers of the fund,” he said.
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