The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) Upper East Regional Secretariat is pleading with caterers in the area to continue providing meals for students while the government takes immediate action to pay its obligation to caterers.
Many caterers complain that the situation is adversely hurting their business operations because they are owed the third term and the first term of the academic years 2021/22 and 2022/23, respectively.
Yet in a press release forwarded to Citi News, Georgina Ayamba, the Upper East Regional Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Program, pleaded with caterers to continue serving meals to the kids while their outstanding debts were being resolved and would soon be reimbursed.
She also made it clear that the government is seriously contemplating raising the amount that caterers are now paid.
“The issue of delays in payments to caterers has been trending in the news lately. I wish to assure caterers in the region that the managers of the program share in their plight and have initiated steps to resolve the problem as soon as possible.”
“Management has also made a proposal to the government to review upward the amount currently paid to caterers which are receiving attention from the government. I wish to commend caterers in the region for their patience and to plead with them to continue to cook for the children while their legitimate concerns are being addressed”.
After many arrears owed to them by the government, school feeding caterers across the nation put down their tools last week. They also wanted an increase in the amount the government pays for each child.