School Feeding Programme
The school feeding programme in Akwa Ibom state has not been suspended rather there is an ongoing verification and reconciliation between the states Universal Basic Education Boards, National Bureau of Statistics and National Home Grown School Feeding Programme Office. This exercise, it is believed is what has caused misinformation about the school feeding programme.
Dr. Godwin Akpan is quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria NAN to have dropped this information on Saturday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital. He warned against the spreading of false and fake news saying such was capable of causing bad blood among the citizens.
According to Akpan, the purported suspension of Akwa Ibom state from the programme because of the poor quality of food was not only false and untrue but baseless and misleading.
Akpan also noted that the publication was a deliberate ploy to embarrass the state government which he commends for supporting the programme by always releasing money promptly to food vendors to enable the supply of food to the pupils.
The statement issued by Akpan in part reads “This misleading information is not only embarrassing to Akwa Ibom state government but seen as a deliberate plot by certain unpatriotic individuals to distort the true picture of the Home Grown School Feeding Programme in the state.”
Akpan reassures the Akwa Ibom food vendors, caregivers, and the general public to ignore the publication that the state has been suspended from the School Feeding Programme promising that the programme would continue after the routine verification exercise.