Caterers of the Ghana School Feeding Programme have denied media reports that they have called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to sack the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo.
According to the Ghana National School Feeding Caterers Association, no such statement has been made by any member at its behest, stating that leadership of the Ghana School Feeding Caterers and its members are happy with the work of Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo.
The Association distanced itself from the statement and indicated it is the figment of the imagination of detractors of the Minister.
A statement signed by the President of the Association, Asana Salisu, indicated that it is aware the Minister received a request for the release of funds for caterers under the School Feeding Programme and that the Minister has indeed signed and approved the release of the funds to the caterers in all the 16 regions.
“We are currently waiting for the release of the funds to the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GHIPSS) by the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department, which is expected before the close of the week.”
“The leadership of the Association recently had very successful and fruitful deliberations with Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo at her office at the Ministry with regards to the plight of Caterers under the School Feeding Programme.”
“She gave us her firmest assurance that the Ministry is currently working assiduously to resolve all issues under the Ghana School Feeding Programme,” she said.
The statement applauded the Minister for conducting a comprehensive audit of the workings of the National School Feeding Program right after she was appointed as Minister.
Madame Asana condemned what it described as mischievous statements in the media by nameless and faceless caterers determined to tarnish the hard-won reputation of the Minister.
She said, “Leadership through this medium is advising all caterers under the Ghana School Feeding Programme to verify with the Association before they make any statements that only serve to undermine the work of the Association.”
“We also urge caterers to exercise restraint as we continually engage our Honorable Minister on how to expedite our payments to our mutual benefit,” she added.
The Ghana School Feeding Caterers Association, she said, will continually work hand in hand with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, The Ghana School Feeding Programme and all caterers to ensure a smooth running of the programme.