Audit recovers GH¢2.1m School Feeding funds from caterers

Audit recovers GH¢2.1m School Feeding funds from caterers

Some GH¢2.1 million out of GH¢2.5 million has been retrieved from caterers who were overpaid as part of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP).

Following an audit into the accounts of GSFP, it was revealed that some caterers of the programme were overpaid between July and August 2017.

The audit showed that many caterers across the country were paid more than double what they were due for feeding grants.

Audit recovers GH¢2.1m School Feeding funds from caterers

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GhIPSS, Mr Archie Hessey. Source: Graphiconline.com

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The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) confirmed the over payments but said it has also made some retrievals.

According to the GhIPSS, although about GH¢2.5 million was recorded as overpayment to some caterers, almost GH¢2.1 million has already been retrieved.

The payment bureau, however, maintain that it cannot be faulted for the overpayments since it only worked on the data that were provided by the school feeding secretariat.

We only pay according to the list and data provided us by the school feeding secretariat,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GhIPSS, Archie Hessey, said.

Meanwhile, in Auguest, the National Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Program, Dr. Kwame Adu-Nsiah, was queried on what led to the overpayment of caterers across the country.

The query, signed by the acting Chief Director of the Ministry, Alfred Adu Obeng, asked Dr. Adu-Nsiah to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against him.

You are requested to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against you for supervising numerous acts of overpayments, underpayments and duplication of payment at the Ghana School Feeding Programme.

“The anomalies have created a lot of distortions, difficulties and misrepresentations in the administration and operations of the GSFP,” it read.

Although Dr. Adu-Nsiah is yet to formally respond to the query, told the Daily Graphic that instructions had been sent to “all those who were overpaid to refund the balance into the account of the secretariat at the Bank of Ghana.”

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However, he blamed then Gender Minister Otiko Djaba for “constantly interfering in our job”, stating that “she virtually took over the payment processes”.

Contacted on her involvement, Ms Djaba said: “I don’t supervise overpayment; it is the work of the coordinator. When I took over from Madam Oye, we didn’t have that problem; it is under his (coordinator’s) watch that they have become too many.”

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