Government owes buffer stock over GHS340 million cedis in relations to food supplied to schools. This is according to the education Minister Dr. Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum.
Government owes buffer stock GHS340 million cedis
The Minister revealed this on the floor of parliament on Wednesday. He was answering a question on the alarming shortage of food across the country’s senior high schools.
“Mr Speaker, the outstanding payment obligation of the Ministry of Education to the National Food Buffer Stock Company as of 20th July is 340, 296,866. 08 pesewas. Government is working towards payment of this outstanding obligation.” The education Minister added that an amount of GHS 327,871, 809.10 pesewas has already been paid this year.
Dr. Yaw Adutwum added that the government is working on settling its indebtedness to the company. This is a flat lie as it has become a political language used by politicians to deceive the public.
Why must government owe butter stock when the money was in the budget-Apaak.
It is surprising that the Free SHS being one of the flagship programme of the government, it will still default in payment to the food supply company.
Many people have attributed the government triumph in the 2020 election to this singular policy.
The honorable Clement Apaak, who asked the question wondered how the government will be defaulting given that the money was part of the 2022 budget which was passed.
Wholesale of Free boarding SHS is problematic-Africa Education watch
Other individuals and organizations like the Africa Education watch have also wondered how the government will like to go on a free education wholesale.
He asked how the government will be pumping the such colossal sum to only senior high level and allow others to suffer. He added that 40% of primary schools do not have junior high schools to go with and that pupils dropped out after completing primary.
The Africa Education watch boss (Kofi Asare) added that most schools are without furniture and this makes a wholesale of the Free SHS problematic.