The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, has fully paid caterers of the School Feeding Programmed for the second term of the 2021 academic year.
The Ministry made the announcement in a statement issued Thursday, January 27, 2022.
“We humbly urge caterers to cooperate with the Ministry through the Ghana School Feeding Secretariat so we can together serve the children better, ” it added.
The statement also entreated caterers to cook good and nutritious meals in the right proportions for the pupils.
It warned that, under no circumstances or conditions should anyone cook for the pupils without being directed by authorised persons from the Ministry and the Ghana School Feeding Programme Secretariat.
“We therefore caution that no one should cook without authorized from the Ministry and the Ghana School Feeding Programme Secretariat.”
The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) in November 2021 assured caterers on the programme that government was going to pay the second term arrears soon.
In a statement, the leadership of the School Feeding Programme (GSFP) revealed that the Ministry of Finance had released the warrant to the Controller and Accountant General to mobilise funds to defray the second term arrears for 2020/2021 academic year.
According to the statement, work on the caterers’ payment file and all relevant data for the payment of the second term arrears was complete.
It added, the leadership was awaiting the transfer of funds by the Controller and Accountant General to the Ministry of Gender’s account with the Bank of Ghana for onward disbursement to the caterers.
“Management is also making frantic effort to ensure that all other arrears due caterers are settled accordingly.”
“The Ghana School Feeding Programme would want to commend all our Caterers nationwide for their patience over the delay in the payment of their second term arrears.”
“We want to reiterate the commitment of management of GSFP that all efforts would be made to ensure that arrears due all caterers are paid accordingly,” part of the statement said.