The federal government has dismissed claims by critics who described the plan to feed school children at home as a scam.
The minister of disaster management, humanitarian affairs and social development, Umar Farouq, on Thursday, May 21, defended the federal government’s decision to spend N679 million on the programme, The Nation reports
Speaking in Lagos at the lunch of the feeding programme, the minister gave two cogent reasons why the feeding school children cannot be described as a scam.
One of the reasons was that the initiative was recognised internationally. She said 16 other countries are still feeding children despite the closure of schools.
Farouq also insisted that feeding children at home is carried out to check food insecurity and malnutrition.