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ICPC Clarifies Those Involved In N2.7bn School Feeding Scam, Says Humanitarian Ministry Innocent


The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has clarified that the Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development is not involved in the school feeding fund scam it discovered.

It also freed the Minister in charge of the Ministry, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq of any form of guilt in the management of the said fund.

Naija News recalls the ICPC chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasonoye in a presentation on Monday during the National Summit on Diminishing Corruption, highlighted that part of the N2.67billion meant for the school feeding programme was diverted to private accounts.

Shortly after he made the submission, some reports started claiming Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, as well as her Ministry, are linked with the diversion of the school feeding funds.

She, however, moved quickly to distance herself from the mismanaged funds through a statement released on Monday by her media aide, Nneka Ikem Anibeze where she explained that the fund mentioned by Owasanoye is not handled by the ministry neither does it pass through the Minister.

Farouq’s position has been corroborated in a statement on Tuesday by the ICPC where the anti-corruption agency explained that the fund spoken of by its chairman “is NOT the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme being managed by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.”

It explained that the “school feeding” referred to by the Chairman of ICPC was the feeding of boarding students in Federal Government Colleges, who were all at home during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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