The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Catastrophe Administration and Social Improvement, Sadiya Farouk, has revealed that the federal authorities spent about N523.three million on college feeding programme through the lockdown towards the Coronavirus pandemic.
The minister disclosed this on the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.
She stated that this system was modified and applied in three states following a March 29 Presidential directive.
Based on her, every take-home ration was valued at N4,200 and the EFCC, CCB, ICPC, DSS and a few NGOs have been reportedly invited to watch the method.
She stated “It’s vital at this juncture to supply particulars that may assist puncture the tissue of lies being peddled within the public house.
“The availability of ‘Take House Rations’, below the modified House Grown College Feeding programme, was not a sole initiative of the MHADMSD.
“The ministry, in obeying the presidential directive, went into consultations with state governments by way of the state Governor’s Discussion board, following which it was resolved that ‘take-home rations remained a most viable choice for feeding youngsters through the lockdown.
“So, it was a joint decision of the ministry and the state governments to offer out take-home rations.
“The stakeholders additionally resolved that we might begin with the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States, as pilot instances.
“Based on statistics from the NBS and CBN, a typical family in Nigeria has 5.6 to 6 members in its family, with three to 4 dependents.
“So, every family is assumed to have three youngsters.
“Primarily based on the unique design of the House Grown College Feeding Programme, lengthy earlier than it was domiciled within the ministry, each youngster on the programme receives a meal a day.
“The meal prices N70 per youngster. If you take 20 college days monthly, it means a baby eats meals value N1,400 monthly.
“Three youngsters would then eat meals value N4,200 monthly, and that was how we arrived at the price of the ‘take-home ration’.
“The settlement was that the federal authorities would offer the funding whereas the states would implement it.
“To make sure transparency within the course of, we partnered with the World Meals Programme (WFP) as technical companions.
“TrackaNG monitored and gave every day updates validating the programme.
“Within the FCT, 29,609 households have been impacted, 37,589 properties in Lagos and 60,391 in Ogun, making a complete of 124,589 households affected between Might 14, and July 6.
“If 124,589 households acquired take-home rations valued at N4,200, the quantity shall be N523,273,800.”-