Buhari Govt. Feeding School Children At Home Laughable – Bode George
Former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George, has described the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to administer the school feeding programme to children at home, as laughable.
Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, last week announced that a total of 3,131,971 households are targeted for the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP).
In a statement on Sunday, George condemned the handling of the policy.
“Pumping money into school feeding programme while the schools are not open is a little absurd. It is a redundant, unworkable palliative.
“In a nation where there is no standard numbering of houses, how do you get the food to the beneficiaries? This is more than laughable. It is tragic”, he lamented.
The PDP chieftain called for the provision of stimulus packages and palliatives, to help Nigerians manage the economic impact of coronavirus.
The politician, however, noted that using the pandemic to play politics, or create sectarian animosity will not augur well for the country.
He advised that the nation must unite to effectively battle the pandemic.
“We must never reduce this obvious national challenge to partisan feud. This is beyond section triumphalism or sectarian animosity. Let us act by coming together, by discarding old divisions, and embracing a new nationalistic front.
“Let our leaders rise in the true spirit of national vision and mobilise our people towards rescue and redemption. This is indeed how nations are built and strengthened in the times of great challenges,” he stated.