PDP: FG’s COVID-19 Feeding Programme is a Fraudulent Scheme

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SWITZERLAND, MAY 15

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described the feeding programme embarked on by the Federal Government as a nothing but scam and a ploy to swindle public funds worth N13.5 billion.

According to them, All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and some officials in the Buhari Presidency are using this scheme even while schools are out of session due to the COVID-19 pandemic as an avenue to finance their lavish lifestyles.

The party expressed its strong disapprobation over the use of innocent school children to mask the true intentions of siphoning public funds of not less than N679 million daily. PDP members tagged the act as “sacrilegious, wicked and completely unpardonable”.

It should come as no surprise that the APC-led administration’s school feeding programme had always been a scam. The claim to feed school children even when schools are closed is nothing but a blatant attempt to steal from the economy.

This explains why theft and corruption are deeply woven into the fabric of the APC and its administration.

The PDP is fully in support of any effort aimed at providing succor to Nigerians, particularly children at this time but the party sharply condemns the use of innocent children in their respective homes to cover ongoing fraud and divert funds to unscrupulous individuals in Buhari’s administration.

The Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Umar Farouq, had always been evasive, making ambiguous pronouncements to the president’s speech whenever Nigerians demand transparency and accountability in the use of government funds.

Hajiya did not provide a detailed explanation on the plan to reach 9.7 million school children, who are now in their homes in different locations since the closure of schools.The officials in question continue to forge required documentation to mask their shady dealings.

The minister contradicted herself by claiming that the food sharing would be on a door-to-door basis and also stating that vouchers would be allocated at specific collection times to “avoid overcrowding”.

This contradiction only fuels the suspicions of Nigerians as to how overcrowding would occur during door-to-door distribution of food to children who are claimed to have been individually designated in various locations.

The PDP noted that the important stakeholders in the education sector Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) and Concerned Parents and Educators (CPE) also questioned this deceitful scheme which bears stark similarities to the N500 billion Social Investment Programme of the Buhari administration.

The party also voices its concern regarding the frequent allusion to the President’s speech, saying that it is obvious the deceitful officials are exploiting the situation to milk the nation.

If these officials have good intentions, they would channel the funds to the States Ministry of Education for proper distribution to identified children and documented vulnerable children

The PDP charged the President to take exigent actions to rid the nation from the corruption of his administration, especially with regards to using innocent citizens to mask the pilfering of public funds.


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