NAPTAN revealed that this is definitely the case seeing as their association was sidelined while drafting the policy.
According to the Parents Teachers Association in a statement issued by its National Public Relations Officer, Dr Ekundayo Precious, the Home Grown Feeding Programme has failed because the ideas of stakeholders were ignored while the policy was formulated.
He added that the lapses seen in the school feeding programme thus far is as a result of not involving the relevant associations in the first place.
His words, “It is unfortunate that parents have not been involved in the policymaking as well as implementation hence the lapses experienced in the school feeding programme. This is not even the issue but the recent announcement made by the federal government through the Humanitarian affairs minister that the federal government will begin to feed our children during the lockdown.
“It is now expedient for us as good parents to react to the federal government gestures especially in a time like this that many parents are not working and find it difficult to make ends meet that we are grateful and appreciate the effort of the federal government to ameliorate the burdens of parents but as good as the policy is, the parent’s body has keenly observed the implementation at Abuja today, inviting some people called parents or guardian of the pupils but our investigations proved otherwise and this called for implementation reviewed or total cancellation if our primary objective is to be achieved.
“Every one of our schools nationwide has PTA including Abuja where they distributed palliative materials today to so-called parents that PTA members could not identify. There is no way parents body and teachers can be excluded to have the desired results if not to create rooms for corruption.
“How can you be feeding my children without my knowledge about what to give, who to give it, how to give it and when to give it. We are seriously demanding the details of this program before we ask our parents and children to turn it down”.
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