The Communication Officer for the School Feeding Secretariat, Edmund Gyebi has disclosed that the government is in serious talks with the Secretariat to ensure that the demands of caterers of the School Feeding Programme are met to enable ensure that they return to cook for pupils across the country.
Mr. Edmund Gyebi bemoaned the strike action by the caterers and pleaded with them to return to the various beneficiary schools while it work to resolve and honor their demands.
He disclosed that the government in its 2023 budget statement, approved an upward adjustment of the grant per child pending disbursement by the caterers’ demand for a raise in the amount the government is currently spending to feed students per day.
Speaking in an interview with Ohene Kinnah on Plan B FM ‘Ebaanosen’ , Mr. Gyebi explained that the
“Minister of Finance indicated in this year’s budget that the government has approved an upward adjustment of the grant. The caterers want the current grant of 97 pesewas per child to be increased to GH¢3.50, and we are looking at it, and I am sure in the coming days, we will hear something about the increment that will be mutually acceptable to all of us.” He explained.
Mr. Gyebi acknowledged that the arrears have been delayed, but it is due to the current economic situation that the country finds itself in.
He said requests have been made long ago and they’ve been given strong assurances by the government that it is seriously mobilizing the funds to clear the arrears soon.
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