The school feedingprogramme of the federal government under Buhari was not extended to Akwa Ibomstate as Akwa Ibom children did not benefit from the school feeding programdespite fulfilling the conditions as provided by the Federal Government,according to Governor Udom Emmanuel.

 According to the governor, “During thelock-down occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, the National EmergencyManagement Agency, NEMA, now under your ministry, requested information aboutthe poorest of the poor in the 2,274 villages in the 31 Local Government Areasof our state for palliative assistance”,

Gov Emmanuel said surprisingly, the state was denied the benefits of reaping from the programme like other states in the federation despite supplying all the information and satisfying all the conditions.

Emmanuel made the revelations when the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq visited the state on the occasion of the flag off and payment of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) in Akwa Ibom.

The governor, who wasrepresented by his deputy, Mr. Moses Ekpo, said, “This information wassupplied, but, sadly, the palliatives never came. The school feeding programmehas not made any impact in our state”.

He, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for programmes geared at alleviating poverty in the nation: The National Social Investment Programme, Trader-Moni, Market-Moni, Farmer-moni, CCT, and N-Power.

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq

 “Let me also appeal to agencies responsible for the field implementation of these programmes to operate with similar passion, patriotism, and the national consciousness of Mr. President himself by ensuring that all sections of the country benefit”, Emmanuel added.

 In Akwa Ibom, according to him, the alleviation of poverty for the poorest of the poor is at the heart of our social contract with the people. “We have supporting legal infrastructure against any form of social exploitation. There is the Child Rights Law, the law against rape, the law against cultism, among others, aimed at protecting the vulnerable in our midst”, the governor said.