The Government says it has through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection disbursed an amount of GH¢160 million out of the GH¢213 million required to pay caterers of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) for the 1st term of the 2021 academic year.
“The disbursement of the funds which commenced on Friday 20th August, 2021, covered 62 cooking days of the 1st term”, a statement issued Monday by the GSFP said.
The statement said the ongoing payment does not include “some regions such as the Western and Western North regions due to limited funds”, however the GSFP says it has received “strong assurance from the Controller and Accountant General” for the release of an additional GH¢53 million to pay the remaining regions as quickly as possible.
“In line with Government’s vision and commitment to sustaining the programme and improving upon its quality service to beneficiary pupils, caterers are assured that all outstanding arrears would be settled within the framework of the programme’s contractual obligation with them.
“GSFP also urges all caterers who have any payment related issues to contact our Regional Coordinators in their respective regions for speedy resolution.
“Finally, the Ghana School Feeding Programme on behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Gender expresses its special appreciation to all Caterers for the services well rendered over the period; and encourages them to remain committed in feeding the 3,448,067 beneficiary pupils under the Programme”, the statement signed by Head of Public Relations of the GSFP, Siiba Alfa, said.