By James Ogunnaike
ABEOKUTA – Mixed reactions have continued to trail the insistence of the federal government decision to recommence the Home Grown Feeding programme Thursday, despite the lockdown order of the federal government.
While some respondents query the rationale behind the programme, especially, now that all benefiting pupils are at home due to lockdown order of the federal government to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country, some commended the initiative
The Chairman of the Labour Party in Ogun State, Olufemi Arabambi described the programme as scam.
He said, “We, in Ogun State Labour Party are very much disappointed in this move by the federal government to fly this fraudulent scheme. It is simply official stealing”.
“To compound the whole deception, the Federal Government has refused to announce the modalities to be used to reach the supposed school children”.
” We Nigerians are conscious and very much in the know that it would be impossible to reach the supposed children to be fed”.
“It is beyond doubt that the government lacks the capacity to enable it reach the supposed school children”.
“We in Ogun State Labour Party strongly condemn this project and urge Mr President to halt the project immediately, Anything short of outright cancellation will be meaningless”.
” The National Assembly should be seen to be awake to its oversight responsibility. NASS should especially invest adequate time in probing the totality of the Home-grown nonsense now and immediately
“This is clearly a calculated ugliness of fraud to render all the positive performances of the President Buhari administration obliterated by this PDP – like loot. This fraudulent Home-grown feeding program is an intentionally arranged criminal process of stealing from the national treasury”.
“The President must immediately cause a suspension of this fraud and institute a Judicial inquiry to expose the criminal deadlines and extremely dishonest minds behind the fraudulent project.”
“This is an open and direct invitation to everyone, to begin to see this home-grown fraud as a return of the era of the PDP looting of the Commonwealth through bogus and insulting purported benefits to the Nation by deceit and impunity with official seal this recklessly. We in Labour Party see this as an incredible, unbelievable and an executive rascality”.
“Should this fraud and deception in the name of feeding some unreachable school children be allowed to go on, either by some conspiracy or other negativity, even by official omission or some other Executive commission, then the APC would have become another Government of treasury looters. No more, no less”.
“The NASS would be criminally compromised if this open treasury is allowed to be carried out successfully despite the series of red light alert grown into a roaring noise by the public against this brave attempt at executing this official fraud”.
On his part, the Chairman, Ogun State Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, Comr. Folarin Olayinka said, “I considered it as the height of corruption in the initiative and undoubtedly transparency cannot be ascertained”.
“The salient questions are Why during the lockdown, what immunity has the service employees got”.
“The Federal Government is rather advised to suspend the home feeding as such will not be effective, the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry must be probed if there is an insistence on the initiative.
Meanwhile, the State Secretary of the Theatre Art Practitioners and Motion Pictures of Nigeria, Adesina Adesegun supported the move but clamoured that Non-Governmental Organizations should be coopted to monitor to ensure transparency and accountability in the programme
He said, “Well humanistically the programme is a welcome development because it will bring food to the doorsteps of those children and equally cushion effect of the lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic”.
“However, my fear and concern is equitable distribution of those foodstuffs to the people in dire need because, in the recent time, we have witnessed with dismay diversion and hoarding of relief materials meant for the aged and vulnerable by the agent of government”.
“In bridging this gap, let government engage third party (Non governmental organisations) to be on ground to monitor the exercise”.