Mrs. Sadiya Umar Farouq, Honourable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

N2.67bn School Feeding Fund: SERAP challenges Minister to publish names of suspects

*Federal Government must ensure transparency, accountability measures are fundamental to all school feeding and other initiatives

*If names of suspects are not immediately published, we’ll issue a FoI request to ensure those involved are named and shamed ─SERAP

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In view of Nigeria’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC) recent reported discovery of N2.67 billion school feeding funds in private bank accounts, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has challenged Mrs. Sadiya Umar Farouq, Honourable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, to publish details and names of suspects allegedly involved.

According to SERAP on its verified official Facebook account, “following the disclosure by the ICPC that N2.67billion meant for school feeding during the COVID-19 lockdown ended up in private bank accounts, we’re calling on the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development of Nigeria, Sadiya Umar Farouq to immediately publish details of those suspected to be responsible, or face legal action.

“If the names are not immediately published, we’ll issue a freedom of information request to ensure that those involved are named and shamed.

SERPA further stated: “We’ll also pursue appropriate legal actions to hold suspected perpetrators to account, in the public interest.

“Diverting funds meant to feed school children (who are already disproportionately affected by corruption), especially during COVID-19 is a blatant violation of the rights to education, health, and dignity, as well as the government’s own COVID-19 transparency frameworks.

“Corruption in school feeding increases distrust in the government. The federal government must ensure transparency and accountability measures are fundamental to all school feeding and other initiatives in the context of COVID-19, to ensure the children receive the support they need.”

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