Ministry, not presidency, should handle federal government’s school feeding programme, says Reps member

WorldStage Newsonline— Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education, Hon. Zakari Mohammed, has said that the school feeding programme of the federal government ought to be handled by the federal Ministry of Education rather than the presidency, as is the case.

Speaking on the sideline of the flag off of 2019 campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bode Saadu in the Moro Local Government area of Kwara State, said because of that the programme is ridden with fraud.

He insinuated that the failure to allow the ministry to run the programme was because of fraud the government allegedly planned to perpetrate with it saying the ministry with its resources and manpower would have been in the saddle to monitor the programme.

He said: “As far as I am concerned it is a fraud. It is a fraud because it is not domiciled in the right place. The ministry of Education should be in charge instead it has been taken to the Presidency.

“I have said it without number that the budgetary provision for the school feeding programme should be domiciled in the Ministry of Education. The Federal Ministry of Education has the resources, the manpower to be able to monitor it. But where it is located now is a fraud. Many people are angry that Kwara is not benefitting. For me, whether Kwara benefits or not from it, it is a programme I never believed in,” he said.

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