The House of Representatives has hinted plans to beam searchlight on the N494 billion budgeted for the School feeding programme from inception and the identity of 9 million pupils who reportedly benefitted from the programme initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in 2016.
Chairman, house committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Wole Oke who gave the hint on Wednesday, also decried the breach of the Public Procurement Act in the programme and demanded for relevant authorizations from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) the budgetary approvals for the scheme from inception.
Oke also directed that the lists of benefitting schools, locations, monthly and annual details of allocations and expenditure should be revealed.
The committee also resolved to summon the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Mr. Godwin Emefiele and the director- general of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Mr. Yemi Kale to appear before it and tender records of payment to the agency and details of the children benefiting from the programme as well as the names of the school children allegedly handed over to the National Coordinator of the School Feeding Programme.
The lawmaker further directed the Special Assistant to the President on Home School Feeding Programme, Mr. Dotun Adebayo to furnish the House with details of the cooks, state, location of the benefiting schools as well as the over 9 million children in 84,000 schools across the country that have benefited from the programme.
Earlier, Mr. Adebayo in his response to issues raised by the lawmakers argued that the state governments are in possession of the details of the list of pupils who benefitted from the School feeding programme, explaining that the NBS handed them over the list of the students.