School feeding sabotage: Kaduna sacks 2, suspends headmaster

School feeding sabotage: Kaduna sacks 2, suspends headmaster

Friday, February 12, 2016 7:58 am

Femi Adi/Kaduna

Pupils eating in one of Kaduna's primary schools

Pupils eating in one of Kaduna’s primary schools

The Kaduna State Government on Thursday sacked a school headmaster and suspended two support staff for diverting food meant for primary school pupils.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Shehu Adamu, who made this known said those involved circumvented laid down procedures of the government’s free school Feeding Programme, which commenced in January.

According to him, the School Support Officer in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area , Ibrahim Abdullahi has been sacked for supplying oranges and biscuits meant for school pupils to a fruits vendor in Birnin Gwari to sell for him.

He also disclosed that the Headmaster of L.E.A Labi, in Karji, Kubau LGA was also sacked for collecting bribe from a vendor who received government money but did not cook.

The Commissioner said that instead of returning the money, the food vendor shared it with the headmaster.

He further said the Ministry also received a report that the Headmaster of Nuhu Bamali Primary School in Kaduna South LGA loaded his car with pupils’ oranges and drove out.

He however ,hinted that the headmaster has been suspended until investigation is concluded and if found guilty, he will also be sacked.

“The police is also investigating the Headmaster of Nomadic Fulani School in Ricifa, Soba LGA for inflating the number of pupils in the school.

“He is also suspended and would be sacked if found guilty,” Adamu said.

Meanwhile, the commissioner said that a query had been issued to the Education Secretary of Igabi LGA, for allegedly contracting men as food vendors for the schools feeding programme instead of women.

Under the illegal arrangement, the men would cook the food and hire women to serve the pupils in the schools.

“We are investigating the matter and he would be sacked if found wanting.”

He warned that any food vendor found engaged in illegal practices would be prosecuted.

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