Humanitarian Ministry Denies Involvement in School Feeding Funds Diversion Scandal

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The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management has denied any involvement in the latest corruption scandal rocking the Buhari administration.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) revealed on Monday that it discovered N2.67bn set aside for feeding school children in personal accounts of ministry officials.

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Issuing a statement on Monday evening, the Humanitarian Ministry through the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouk, Nneka Anibeze said the ICPC report was misunderstood.

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development hereby informs the public that the Federal Government colleges school feeding in question is different from the Home Grown School Feeding which is one of its Social Investment Programmes,” excerpts from the statement read.

It stated that it was not in charge of the school feeding programme for Federal Government Colleges across the country as this was the focus of the ICPC Report.

“It is not under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs which only oversees Home Grown School Feeding for children in Primaries one to three in select public schools across the country.”

The ministry or the minister does not even handle or disburse funds for Home Grown School Feeding. The money for funding the programme neither passes through the minister nor the ministry.”

The Minister thereafter absolved the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry of any wrongdoing in the reported financial scandal.

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