The Federal Government on Thursday said that it has spent N49 billion on feeding of pupils in public primary schools across 24 states of the country in the last two years.

The government also said that some officials of the programme in Niger and Benue States have been suspended for alleged fraud practices and that the officials were currently under investigations for possible prosecution.

The Special Adviser to the President on National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) Mrs. Mariam Uwais who disclosed this while briefing journalists in Abuja also said that mechanism has been put in place for provision of quality standards and that the cooks were all trained on hygiene.

According to her a total of N220 billion has been released within the period for the implementation of the four major components of the programme which are N-Power, NHGSFP (School Feeding program), NCTP (National Center for Technology Planning), and Trader Moni (NSIP) and that there was a monitoring process which has involved the communities where the schools are located.

She said that the Federal Government budgeted N500 billion for the 2016 fiscal year and the same amount in 2017 but about N140 billion was released in 2017 while N80 billion was accessed by the NSIP in 2016. She explained that the NSIP which was created in 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was officially launched in 2016 to deliver social economic support to disadvantaged Nigerians across the country.