The National Director of Contact & Strategic Planning for the National Association of Polytechnic students Wednesday described the school feeding programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government, even when all schools are closed due to COVID-19 pandemic, as a fraudulent means of embezzlement.
According to a statement issued by the National Director of Contact & Strategic Planning of NAPS, Comrade Adeniji Boluwaji Temitope (OBEY), The feeding scheme proposed is unideal, I see it as fraudulent means of embezzlement. Pupils who are to benefit in this scheme have been directed to stay at home by the federal ministry of education, to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the nation.
*FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PLAN TO SPEND BILLIONS OF NAIRA ON SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME DURING LOCKDOWN: A FRAUDULENT MOVE TO BE CAUTIONED.*
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It is no more news that President Muhammed Buhari has instructed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development led by Mrs Sadiya Umar Farouq, despite knowing that pupils are on compulsory stay at home as caused by the pandemic COVID-19.
The pupils who will be beneficial of the scheme, is the ministry aiming to feed them at their respective homes, with prepared foods in coolers of trucks? Will their parents be credited with funds to help feed them? What’s the strategized means of distributing foods to the pupils? Does every schools knows the residence of all their learners? These questions keeps disturbing my thought on recurrent basis, leading me to write this letter.
The feeding scheme proposed is unideal, I see it as fraudulent means of embezzlement. Pupils who are to benefit in this scheme have been directed to stay at home by the federal ministry of education, to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the nation, amidst our young ones.
Recall, during the total lockdown imposed in Lagos, FCT and Ogun few weeks ago, in which some other states also enjoined, many Nigerians were against the directive, providing reasons of their economic states. The federal government announced that it has prepared palliatives for some of her described citizens, directing the ministry of humanitarians to handle it. Same Nigerians criticized the measures by the ministry in distributing palliatives in the country after noticing that there has been numerous irregularities and opaqueness in the system, hence instigating citizens to go on social media to agitate using the hashtag #PayUsVIaBVN to express their dissatisfaction and wants.
The proposed feeding scheme is a good idea in assisting citizens but it appears to be a scam and not a scheme at this lockdown period, because beneficiaries are obviously at home as mandated by the federal government.
As a member representing Nigerian students at the polytechnic level, I am totally dissatisfied at the proposed school feeding programme during this lockdown. I will encourage the federal government to use the money on a strategized way in making the Nigeria students resume back to their studies. We are tired and exhausted of staying at home with no impacts to our lives.
In solidarity, we request that education should be paramount in the heart of our leaders, as it serves as the passport to the future. Nelson Mandela quoted, *“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”* Investing much in our education system is what can only bring a better Nigeria.
*Comrade Adeniji Boluwaji Temitope (OBEY)*
*NAPS National Director of Contact & Strategic Planning*
*08069738724 / 07034279649*