Ghana: school feeding associations allege underhanded behavior at GNSFP secretariat
The Ghana National School Feeding Associations have alleged that there is a big plan at the Ghana National School Feeding Program (GNSFP) Secretariat to milk the state for the personal gain of a few.
The associations alleged that up to GH ¢ 12 million was paid to individuals on behalf of 511 “ghost schools” for the 2019/2020 school year.
During a press conference in Accra yesterday, the spokesperson for the associations, Caroline Aboagye, described the development in the Secretariat as an anti-government agenda, which must be stopped.
“Since the first quarter of the 2019/2020 academic year, the GNSFP has paid schools that are not enrolled in the feeding program.
“It is estimated that more than 12.9 million GH ¢ has been paid to more than 511 schools across the country that are not part of the school feeding program,” said the spokesperson for the group.
Ms Aboagye said that 139 schools in the Volta region, 41 in Ashanti, 43 in the East, 10 in the North West, 59 in Ahafo, 33 in Greater Accra, 11 in the West, nine in Bono, 30 in the Center, 12 in the North, 11 in Bono East and five in the Upper West areas had been smuggled into the feed program’s payment system.
She therefore asked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to investigate the activities of the Coordinators and Directors at the Secretariat, at the national, regional and district levels, to “put an end to the looting of the public treasury”.
“We call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Sarah Adjoa Safo, to order all persons appointed to the national and regional secretariats of the school feeding program to opt out so that investigations into their fraudulent activity can begin.
“We know that the president is incorruptible and that corrupt people must not be allowed to tarnish his name and image. They must leave,” Aboagye said.
In his view, the current management of the program had proven to be highly incompetent, corrupt and vindictive as it threatened caterers who expressed their grievances of termination of contract.
According to Aboagye, the new administration of the school feeding program has relegated control to the background, leaving room for people to exploit the system to their personal advantage.
She lamented the lack of involvement of local assemblies and the Ghana Education Service in the management of the program, which she said makes monitoring difficult, albeit on purpose.
“The secretariat needs to be reshuffled because we cannot work with these corrupt officials. If the president does not take action, it will be difficult for the NPP to break the eight-year spell,” the spokesperson said.