In Nasarawa state, 349 “ghost schools” have been discovered by the enumeration committee of the Federal Government’s domestic feeding program for public elementary schools.
When leading the committee members on a courtesy visit on Governor Abdullahi Sule at the Government House, Lafia, Mallam Abdullahi Usman, team leader of the committee and advisor to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, revealed this.
He described how certain state officials were siphoning off funds intended for the state’s school food program.
Usman claims that 1,203 public primary schools were identified as beneficiary schools at the start of the program.
“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 stated.
However, he insisted that after the finding, senior ministry officials in Abuja demanded that Nasarawa State be removed from the program; however, this request was denied in order to save the underprivileged children who would benefit from the program.
He continued by saying that the consultant and the state programme officer, two crucial program administrators in Nasarawa State, had been fired and replaced.
He expressed his gratitude to all the necessary parties for helping to make the committee’s work in Nasarawa State successful, including the National Orientation Agency (NOA), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), National Bureau for Statistics (NBS), and the state Ministry of Education.
He commended the governor in particular for his cooperation and assistance and acknowledged Mr. Imran Usman Jibrin, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Humanitarian Services, for his work as the state’s focal point.
The team in the state was also regarded as the greatest in the nation, and he went on to rank Nasarawa State as the nation’s best supporting state.