The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has clarified the statement made by its chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, on Monday, at its 2nd National Submit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector.
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Owasanoye at the event said the commission discovered that payments made to some federal colleges for school feeding, in the sum of N2.67 billion during the lockdown, ended up in personal accounts.
The ICPC, however, on Tuesday, stated that some reports erroneously implied that it said the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, diverted monies meant for Home-Grown School Feeding Programme being supervised by the ministry.
The anti-corruption agency, in a series of tweets, titled, ‘ICPC Clarifies Chairman’s Speech on N2.7Billion School Feeding Diverted’, noted the monies diverted was meant for the feeding of boarding students in Federal Government Colleges, who were all at home during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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“The attention of ICPC has been drawn to some reports making the rounds on a segment of the speech delivered by the ICPC Chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye yesterday, Monday, 28th September 2020 at its 2nd National Submit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector. The said reports erroneously implied that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs diverted monies meant for Home-Grown School Feeding Programme.
“In the speech, Prof. Owasanoye stated inter alia, ‘’… we discovered payments to some federal colleges (secondary schools) for school feeding in the sum of N2.67b during the lockdown when the children were not in school, and some of the money ended up in personal accounts.
“We have commenced investigations into these findings. The Commission wishes to clarify 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.
“This is NOT the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme being managed by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
“The Commission had discovered through its review of publications on the Open Treasury Portal that statutory monthly allocations meant for the feeding of secondary school students of SOME Federal Government Colleges were diverted into personal accounts,” the ICPC said.
The humanitarian affairs ministry had following the initial media report on Monday, challenged the ICPC to name beneficiaries of the school feeding funds allegedly diverted to private accounts.