Government Settles Ghc 300 Million School Feeding Indebtedness To Caterers

January 17, 2018 10:15 am

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba, has disclosed that all indebtedness to former caterers of the Ghana School Feeding Programme totaling GHC285, 305,525.00 has been settled.

Speaking at the Social Protection Annual Review and Planning workshop on Tuesday, January 11, 2018 at Capital View Hotel, Koforidua in the Eastern region, the Minister said her Ministry was able to achieve most of its set objectives for the year 2017.

The former caterers have on several occasions embarked on demonstrations to demand for the full payment of arrears owed them by government for services rendered in 2016/17 academic year after their contracts ended in July 2017. Speaking to participants of the workshop, the sector minister was emphatic that all the arrears owed the caterers have been settled.

Hon. Djaba stated her Ministry in 2017 conducted all the six (6) bi-monthly nationwide LEAP payments to extreme poor households and that more than 213,064 extreme poor households in 6,594 communities nationwide are currently benefiting from LEAP.

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection disclosed that “the Social Protection Directorate was able to re-launch the Social Protection Inter-Sectorial Technical Committee and Registration of Prison inmates onto the National Health Insurance Scheme, validate the SP Implementation Plan, develop a draft Monitoring and Evaluation Framework that is earmarked for completion this year and the launching of the ‘Helpline of Hope’ call center which comprises a Unified Case Management System providing a single platform for citizens to log and monitor grievances, as well as to disseminate relevant information on behalf of the major SP programs” she revealed.

These, according to her, are measures put in place by the Ministry to address the growth of the vulnerable in societies in terms of their socio-economic development. She observed that there are several policies in Ghana but the implementation of those policies becomes a challenge. According to her, the development of the Children’s Act, Gender Policy, Social Protection Policy will not be enough if they are not meaningful to the lives of these vulnerable people. She therefore charged participants to ensure that social protection becomes a tool for formalizing the informal sector where poorest and vulnerable people are as well as a tool for addressing the progress of rural development.

The Director of Social Protection, Dr. Rita Owusu-Amankwah in her address stated that the directorate has an ambitious work plan for 2018 and therefore entreated stakeholders to collaborate to leverage efforts and resources in the implementation of the activities in the work plan which is in line with the Social Protection Implementation plan.

She again mentioned that the efforts of the Ministry and its stakeholders will be of use when it touches the lives of the poor and vulnerable people in Ghana.