The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, has said the Home Grown School Feeding programme is one of the Federal Government’s top priorities. Hajiya Farouq said this in Abuja while reacting to news that the ministry had refused to approve payments for vendors in Lagos, Imo, Kogi and Benue states.
“Since my appointment as Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, I have severally reaffirmed my commitment to delivering on the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to lift 100 million people in Nigeria out of poverty in 10 years. I am therefore very much aware of the importance of the Home Grown School Feeding Programme,” she said.
A statement released by her assistant on media, Halima Oyelade, said delay with the payment of vendors in four states was informed by some internal processes and due diligence that needed to be carried out. The minister reiterated that the school feeding programme, as well as other components of the National Social Investment Programmes and indeed other interventions domiciled in the ministry, remained of utmost importance to her personally.