Scores of caterers under the Ghana School Feeding program have defied the police to stage a demonstration in front of the Nima residence of President Akufo-Addo daring the police to shoot them because they are tired of living on hope.
The caterers who say they are suffering carried mattresses, pillows and buckets vowing to stay there until they receive confirmation of payment.
The women, some of whom held their New Patriotic Party membership cards with other being women organizers say they have been patient for far too long and life unbearable.
“We don’t care about the police. They are being paid for their job. We too we are fighting for our payment. They will have to shoot and kill us before we leave here. They will carry our dead bodies from here. What is this? You cannot beat us and prevent us from crying!” One caterer who almost wept said.
“I brought my mattress and pillow. We are waiting for Morrison (Gender minister) in front of President Akufo-Addo house. We are suffering,” the caterer lamented.
“How can I be using my money to cook for other children when my children are starving. My payment has been delayed for one and a half years. They claim there was a mistake in the figures involving my payment.” Another said.
“It is not the fault of the President. He should sack the minister… She has never convened a meeting with us since she assumed office. Everyone is afraid to call her out for fear of stigmatization”
The women are blaming the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Cynthia Mamle Morrison for being incompetent and unresponsive of their concerns.
We have cleared all arrears
The Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Cynthia Mamle Morrison has however said that outstanding arrears owed caterers for first and second terms of 2018/2019 academic have been paid.
She said this on Thursday 10th October at a press briefing in Accra covered by TheNewsGh.com.
Assuring stakeholders of government’s commitment to sustain the programme as well as its service delivery, Cynthia Morrison said “3,023 schools across the country were monitored to check enrolment, quality and quantity of food served and kitchens environment.”
Government, under its ‘agenda for jobs’ has employed over 25,000 workers under the School Feeding Programme to provide “one hot and nutritious meal for 2,663,134 pupils in 8,683 public basic schools.”
According to the minister, this programme is “in fulfilment of Sustainable Development Goal Two (2); end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.”
She indicated that over 5,711 centers in the Northern, North East, Savannah, Upper East and Upper West Regions have been trained on practical innovative nutritional requirements for the preparation of meals.