This was disclosed by a statement from the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection on Monday, August 23. It follows the receipt of an amount of GHC160 million out of the GHC213 million required to pay caterers 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,” the statement said.
Some caterers, according to the GSFP, will not benefit from this tranche of payment.
“The ongoing payment however did not include some regions such as the Western and Western North regions due to limited funds.
The Ghana School Feeding Programme has received strong assurance from the Controller and Accountant General for the release of an additional GHC53 million to pay the remaining regions as quickly as possible.”
The office has given further assurance that “all arrears would be settled within the framework of the programme’s contractual obligation with the caterers”.
GSFP also urges all caterers who have any payment related issues to contact our Regional Coordinators in their respective regions for speedy resolution.