Caterers under the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) in the Central Region have demonstrated demanding unpaid arrears by the government dating back to 2016.
The Caterers, numbering about 50, clad in red and black with red armbands were seen weeping amidst pleads to government to pay them their arrears to enable them to pay back their debts since their contracts have been terminated.
According to the angry women, out of the 125 days owed them by government, only 7 days have been paid making life difficult for them.
The leader of the troubled caterers Emelia Hasford told Starr News the situation must be rectified before things get out of control.
Meanwhile, a pro-NPP group in the Northern regional capital Tamale Burma Camp on Monday locked up the office of the School Feeding programme Monday.
The grouping is accusing Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Otiko Afisa Djaba of sidestepping the authority of the programme’s regional coordinator, Madam Felicia.
They also claim the minister has taking up the responsibility of the regional coordinator and appointing only Gonjas as Zonal Coordinators of the programme.
According to them, out of the seven zonal coordinators in the region, the minister has appointed five people who are Gonjas and are at the same time caterers. In their view, all those holding the double positions are uneducated and cannot construct simple grammar which is in shape contrast with the terms laid down for the appointment of a zonal coordinator.
They lamented the power play between the regional minister on one hand, and the regional chairman and the regional coordinator on the other, saying the intent of the minister was to collapse the programme in the region which they vow to resist.