Close to 7,000 caterers who cooked under the Ghana School Feeding Programme for the third term of the 2018/19 academic year have been paid, Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Mrs. Cynthia Morrison has confirmed.
“So everyone is expected to receive payment today, [Thursday, November 28] as has been confirmed by the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement systems limited (GHIPSS),” the minister told the media on Thursday.
Admitting that, payment was delayed due to a number of issues including separating data of caterers with contracts from those without contracts to ensure that government’s money does not go to wrong hands.
She, therefore, advised caterers with contracts, especially those who submitted themselves to a recent verification exercise conducted by the Youth Employment Agency to go to their banks for their money, noting that no alert would be issued to them by GHIPSS.
“All those with contract letters have been paid. The phase two is those without contract letters but had received payment previously. Their money is available but because they are not in our records, the Chief of Staff has been given their list to finalize how they are going to be paid,” she assured, reiterating that the Ministry of Finance has already released the money.
Mrs Morrison also noted that the School Feeding data is being sanitized to also address the genuine concern of persons who for lack of capital credit foodstuff to feed the school children.
“The National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) have rice, beans, and maize have agreed to supply us with foodstuff for the caterers.