N13.5b: I am highly disappointed in Buhari — Udom

It seem the Buhari administration is alone on this one.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

/ by National Pivot

Buhari's controversial school feeding program is set to gulp a whooping N679 million daily, or a total allocation of N13.5 billion — amount Nigerians described as outrageous and unjustifiable considering school has been closed since March due to the covid-19 pandemic.

However, despite backlash from  all sides including the very supporters of the current government, the Buhari administration remained unfazed.

Mr George Udom who was described as one loyal fan who could do anything to show his support for the president, has said he is disappointed that the Buhari administration insists on proceeding with its feeding program despite opposition from his own supporters.

"Why is FG spending N679million daily on feeding school children during Lockdown???" he questioned, as comments flooded in support of his stance against the home feeding program.

Meanwhile, the leading opposition party in the country, PDP, has described the feeding scheme as 'huge scam' and 'sacrilegious, wicked and completely unpardonable.'

The party said, ""While the PDP has nothing against any transparent effort to provide succor to Nigerians, particularly our children, at this critical time, our party rejects the on-going fraud in which school children, who are in their respective homes, bearing the brunt of the failures of the APC administration, are being used as metaphors to divert public funds to a few corrupt individuals in the Buhari Presidency.

"Nigerians are witnesses to how the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Umar Farouq, had always stammered, makes conflicting pronouncements and points to Mr. President’s speech as a cover each time Nigerians demand for details of her humongous spending.

"The minister had failed to provide details of how she intends to reach the 9.7 million school children, who are now in their homes in different locations since the closure of schools, even as officials continue to muddle up required documentations in a bid to cover their tracks.

"Nigerians are invited to note how the minister contradicted herself in claiming that the food would be shared door-to door and in the same breath, averred that vouchers would be allocated at specific collection times to “avoid overcrowding”.

"Such contradiction only betrays an unwholesome tendency, as Nigerians wonder how there would be overcrowding on door-to-door distribution of food to children who are claimed to have been individually designated in various locations.

"Our party notes that critical stakeholders in the education sector, including the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) and Concerned Parents and Educators (CPE) had also raised queries over this fraudulent scheme, which is already going the way of the N500 billion Social Investment Programme of the Buhari administration which the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, had earlier exposed as a huge scam.

"The PDP is worried that with the constant reference to President Buhari's speech, it is clear that unscrupulous officials are cashing in on the situation to fleece the nation."

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