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FG spends N523.2m on School Feeding between May 14, July 6

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has estimated the modified Home Grown School Feeding programme spending in which if 124,589 households received Take Home Rations valued at N4,200 the total figure will be N523,273,800, between May 14 and July 6, 2020.

She disclosed this during the Press Conference on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday, while given a comprehensive response to speculations and fake news circulating around sums purportedly spent daily on the provision of take home rations under the modified Home Grown School Feeding programme.

According to her, “Each Take Home Ration is valued at N4,200 and that figure was not arrived at without proper consultation. It was not invented. According to statistics from the NBS and CBN, a typical household in Nigeria has 5.6 to 6 members in its household, with 3 to 4 regarded as dependent and so each household is assumed to have 3 children.

“Now 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. The meal costs N70 per child. When you take 20 school days per month it means a child eats food worth N1,400 per month. 3 children would then eat food worth N4,200 per month. That was how we arrived at the cost of the Take Home Ration.”

Farouq noted that the programme was launched in only two states; Lagos and Ogun plus the FCT. “In the FCT 29,609 households were impacted; Lagos recorded 37,589 households while Ogun state was 60,391 households making a total of 124,589 households impacted between May 14, 2020 and July 6, 2020. If 124,589 households received Take Home Rations valued at N4,200 the total figure will be N523,273,800. And note this was not spent daily. The FCT commenced first, followed by Lagos before Ogun state. It was not DAILY”, she said.

She clarified that she never said “every Nigerian has received palliatives. What I said is that every state government in Nigeria has received palliatives for onward distribution to the poorest of the poor in their states.” While noting that her ministry will not be deterred from fulfilling its mandate also pointed out that very few government programmes have received “such high level of self-imposed scrutiny” with the EFCC, CCB, ICPC, DSS and a host of NGOs invited to monitor the home grown school feeding programme”, she said.


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