The government has paid an amount of GH¢327.9 million to the National Food Buffer Stock Company (NFBSC) for the supply of food to Senior High Schools in the country, Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has told Parliament.
He said the government was, however, still owing the suppliers an amount of GH¢340.3 million as at July 18,2022.
Appearing before Parliament to answer some questions from members, he gave the assurance that the government would continue to make payments as and when funds were made available to the Ministry of Finance.
Dr Adutwum who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bosomtwe, said payment of suppliers was an ongoing process and gave the assurance that the government would settle all its debt to them.
"As I speak with you some people have picked up their cheques from the company so as and when money becomes available, suppliers are always paid,” he stated.
Responding to another question by the Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu, as to whether the Minister of Education was aware that the Heads of Conference of assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) was unhappy with the NFBSC and its delivery of food to the schools, Dr Adutwum said the schools have seen some improvement in terms of food supplies.
"I was at the conference of the executives of CHASS on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 and all the regions across the country were in serious crisis the last few days but, as of now they, have all seen improvement in terms of supplies", he said.
Dr Adutwum again gave the assurance that “the schools would continue to see improvement in food supply from today onwards".
"Food supplies are going to the schools. The supply situation is not what we want it to be but we will work with Buffer Stock to ensure that our systems are streamlined and funding goes to the company so that they can supply the food to the schools", he stated.