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SERAP make demands as Buhari's home feeding program is set to take off

The Buhari administration is set to commence home feeding program.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

/ by National Pivot

It was initially thought of as a goof by the Buhari administration when President Muhammadu Buhari in his first televised address to the nation on Covid-19, said the controversial school feeding program introduced by his administration, would still continue despite the fact that schools have been closed due to the ongoing covid-19 health crisis in the country.

The Buhari administration however, appears to not mincing words by proceeding to begin implementing the feeding program albeit, taking the initiative to Nigerian homes. But with so much scepticism on how the Buhari government intends to implement the program, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), is demanding that things be done in a transparent manner.

The Rights group has called on the Federal Government, to publish details of the suppliers and contractors, the procurement rules, including bidding processes, the total budget, and all designated voucher distribution and collection sites for the implementation of the school feeding programme at home.

SERAP is also seeking; “information on the number of states to be covered during the COVID-19 crisis, the projected spending per state, details of the mechanisms and logistics that have been put in place to carry out the programme, as well as the role expected to be played by the World Food Programme.”

In the Freedom of Information (FoI) request dated 9 May, 2020 and sent to Mrs Umar-Farouk, SERAP is asking the government to; “urgently invite the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to monitor the implementation of the programme.”

The FoI request signed by SERAP’s deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, read in part: “Publishing the details requested is in the public interest.

“This would help to address public scepticism regarding the ability of the government to satisfactorily implement the programme, promote openness, and allow Nigerians to track its implementation and to hold suppliers and contractors to account.

“SERAP notes that the UN Convention against Corruption, to which Nigeria is a state party, requires the government to set the highest standards of transparency, accountability and probity in programmes that it oversees.”

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