The Enumeration Committee for the home-grown feeding programme for public primary schools funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria says it has uncovered 349 ghost schools in Nasarawa State benefiting from the scheme.
Mallam Abdullahi Usman, the team leader of the Enumeration Committee and adviser to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, revealed this when he led the committee members on a courtesy call on Governor Abdullahi Sule at the Government House, Lafia.
Usman told Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule in Lafia yesterday that due to the findings, Top officials in Abuja almost delisted the state as one of the program’s beneficiaries.
“After due process of vetting, the committee discovered that 349 of such schools were actually ghost schools, with some officials pocketing the money meant for feeding these schools,” he said.
According to Usman, the programme organisers only agreed to let Nasarawa State continue to benefit from the scheme to avoid undue punishment of innocent children that would benefit from the project.
He disclosed that one thousand, two hundred and three public primary schools were originally captured as beneficiaries in the state.
He praised the governor for his partnership and support while also recognising the assistance of the state focal person, Mr. Imran Usman Jibrin, Senior Special Assistant (SSA), to the Governor on Humanitarian Services.