FG starts distribution of schools food items to at the Kuje Area Council in Abuja.

The food items were donated on Thursday during the flag-off of the Homegrown School Feeding Programme.

The Federal Government is using this measure to reassure Nigerians that it remains committed to cushioning the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Speaking at the official flag-off, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq said that the Federal Government is addressing the issue of hunger which is a serious by-product of the pandemic.

She noted that the government will continue to fund the homegrown school feeding programme as it targets to feed 3.1m school children.

Mrs. Farouq said the feeding program is for pupils in primaries 1-3 in public primary schools.

She explained that there is a register of schools and communities from where the government picked the pupils from. “This is the pattern we will follow throughout the federation.

The school feeding program has been criticized by many individual and groups including SERAP and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) which vowed to stage the “mother of all protests”. SERAP had threatened litigation against the government alleging that the decision is fraudulent and an indication of corruption in this government.

A member of the Federal House of Reps described the program as a scam wondering how government can decide to insist on feeding children whose schools have been shut down.

The Federal Government said it would spend N697m daily and the total budget runs into billions of Naira.

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