The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq has said she is innocent in the reported diversion of N2.72b School Feeding Fund.
In a statement put out by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs on Monday night, the minister distanced herself from the alleged fraud saying that “the report emanated after a presentation by the Chairman of @ICPC_PE, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye at the 2nd National Summit on Diminishing Corruption and was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.”
According to the report, “preliminary investigation had indicated that part of the N2.67billion was diverted to private accounts. It also revealed that over N2.5 billion was misappropriated by a senior civil servant (name withheld) in the ministry of agriculture and now deceased, for himself and cronies.”
The ministry, however, said that statement by ICPC was twisted and misinterpreted by mischief makers and directed at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
“The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development noted 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.
“The School Feeding under scrutiny is feeding of students in Federal Government Colleges across the country and is not under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development which only oversees Home Grown School,” it concluded.
There was public outrage few months ago when the Minister announced that they spent monies running into billions of naira to feed school children who has been at home during the lockdown.