The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has said her ministry is not involved in the alleged N2.67bn school feeding fraud uncovered by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The ICPC had on Monday disclosed that the sum of N2.67 billion paid to some federal colleges for school feeding during the COVID-19 lockdown ended up in private bank accounts.
“We discovered payment of N2.67bn during lockdown when the children were not in school, and some money ended up in personal accounts,” a tweet from the ICPC’s handle quoted the Chairman of the Commission, Bolaji Owasanoye, to have said this during the 2nd National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector in Abuja on Monday.
Reacting in a statement issued by her special assistant on media and publicity, Farouq said the school feeding in question is different from the homegrown school feeding programme handled by her ministry.
She said quote, “The School Feeding under scrutiny is feeding of students in Federal Government Colleges across the country and is not under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs which only oversees Home Grown School Feeding for children in Primaries 1-3 in select public schools across the country.
The ministry had in August announced that the federal government spent over N500 million to feed pupils during the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.