Daily Metro News NG
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has uncovered N2.67bn school feeding programme fund paid into individual private accounts.
This was disclosed in a tweet from the official ICPC’s handle quoted the Chairman of the Commission, Bolaji Owasanoye, to have said this during the 2nd National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector in Abuja on Monday. The tweet reads, “We discovered payment of N2.67bn during lockdown when the children were not in school, and some money ended up in personal accounts.”
“We have commenced investigations into these findings.”
Recall that in May, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, had disclosed plans to continue with the schoolchildren feeding despite the lockdown occasioned by the world rampaging coronavirus pandemic.
The Minister during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, explained that “the ministry in collaboration with state governors identified the distribution of take-home rations as a feasible method.
She said, “This is after exploring many options and following consultations with state governors. The plan was adopted with implementation is now set to begin.”
According to her, “We have made progress on the Home Grown School Feeding Programme and sensitisation has begun in the three frontline states. Lagos, Ogun and the FCT. There is readiness for implementation.”