The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has dismissed reports suggesting that the Ghana School Feeding Programme has been put on hold to clear arrears.
A statement issued by the Ministry on Thursday said it’s taken aback by the false reportage by some media houses indicating that the Ghana School Feeding Programme is on hold.
“We will like to put on record that the Ghana School Feeding Programme is one of the Government’s Priority Flagship Programmes and Government has no any intention to stop it.” the statement emphasised.
This comes after the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources who is also the Caretaker Minister for the Ministry Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah appeared in Parliament on Wednesday, 2nd March 2022 to address parliamentary questions posed by some Members of Parliament (MPs).
In response to a question posed by Mr. Albert Tetteh Nyakotey, MP for Yilo Krobo on when the Ghana School Feeding Programme will be extended to some selected schools in the Yilo Krobo Municipality, the caretaker Minister responded that, “currently, the expansion of the programme is on hold. We are clearing all arrears of caterers and putting in place measures to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to all beneficiaries as well as caterers. We are also putting in place a Management Information System to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the system. We shall surely inform the house when we are ready to expand the programme to cover additional schools”.
The Ministry in its statement clarified that the question raised in the House bordered on the expansion of the programme which the Minister indicated was on hold and measures are being put in place to strengthen the system before considering any expansion.
“The Ministry will like to call on parents, pupils, caterers and the general public to ignore all such false publications and reportage on the Ghana School Feeding Programme,” the Ministry urged in its statement.