Daily Post reports that the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has accused the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs of planning to feed ghost pupils following the decision to proceed with the School Feeding Programme at this period when schools are on an emergency vacation due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The rights group said it, therefore, called on the President of the Senate and Chairman of the national legislative assembly, Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to halt the sinister attempts to misapply public funds under the guise of feeding Children when it is a universal truism that the Nigerian pupils are not in schools.
HURIWA also noted that millions of these school children may have been relocated from their original residences as a result of the circumstances and inevitable movements have thrown up by the health emergency that was occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic.
“From where do they want to get the pupils to feed whilst the lockdown is in place? Are they going to bring up displaced almajiris as the bonafide pupils or will they as usual manufacture ghosts as pupils?
“These school children have all gone to their homes and millions of these kids may have been relocated to towns other than where they reside with their parents or guardians.”
The group wondered why the current administration is allegedly so incorrigible and resistant to the truth.
HURIWA advised the government to do first things first before pressing on with a muddled up plot to divert public funds under the guise of feeding school children and by the way school children who are not in schools.
The rights group called on Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission and the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to question the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs for allegedly pretending to feed school children who are obviously not in session.
HURIWA noted that assuming there are children to be arranged and fed, those are not school children because school children are found in schools and not from all corners of the streets when the schools are understandably on vacation.
HURIWA recalled that Sadiya Farouq had said that the school feeding programme will be implemented despite the closure of schools nationwide even against the factual background that Schools across Nigeria have been closed for about seven weeks to check the spread of COVID-19.