The Ondo State Government has stated reasons behind the suspension of its free school feeding programme.
Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Yemi Olowolabi explained that the programme was suspended due to the discrepancies in the accounts submitted by the food vendors.
He said many of the food vendors did not have bank accounts before they registered for the programme but hurriedly opened without genuine BVN
He said: “they were not paid, essentially due to the discrepancies in the accounts submitted by the vendors. For many of them, the names they submitted when they were registering did not tally with their BVN. As a result of that, money could not be paid into their accounts
“Most of those vendors are not the high tech caterers. Many of them did not even have bank accounts before now. They just went to open accounts, and they may have BVN that bears different names. Such discrepancies made it difficult for them to access money in their accounts.
Special Adviser to the State Governor on Public and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mrs Olubunmi Ademosu said some of the vendors apart from giving wrong information of themselves including wrong names and addresses, Biometrics Verification Number, BVN were dubious from the findings of the agency monitoring the programme.
She said it was discovered that some of the vendors wanted to sublet the work to others.
Ademosun said the agency found out that about 95 %of pupils in Akoko areas of Ondo State were not benefitting from the programme when it took off in the state and did not want to allow the public to politicize the issue.
She said the suspension of the programme was because the bank couldn’t get in touch with the said vendors through the documents presented like their phone numbers, names among others.