School feeding caterers show up at Akufo-Addo's house with mattresses to demand unpaid arrears

School feeding caterers show up at Akufo-Addo's house with mattresses to demand unpaid arrears

- Angry school feeding caterers besieged the Nima residence of President Akufo-Addo over the refusal of government to pay their arrears

- The women converged at the president’s residence with their mattresses and pillows, determined to pass the night

- They called for the head of the gender minister who they believe is the cause of all these

According to a Joy News report. the women blamed the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Cynthia Mamle Morrison for turning a deaf ear to their plight.

According to a JoyNews report, the women blamed the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Cynthia Mamle Morrison for turning a deaf ear to their plight.

The women who converged at the president’s residence with their mattresses and pillows on the night of Wednesday, January 8, 2020, said they were willing to sleep over if assurances were not given to their concerns raised.

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“I brought my mattress and pillow. We are waiting for Morrison [Cynthia Morrison] in front of President Akufo-Addo house. We are suffering,” one caterer said.

Some of the caterers say they were under constant pressure from banks they took loans from to pre-finance their activities under the initiative.

Other women were also calling for the head of the gender minister who they believe is the cause of all these.

“It is not the fault of the President. He should sack the minister... She has never convened a meeting with us since she assumed office. Everyone is afraid to call her out for fear of stigmatisation.”

The Auditor-General’s Report in 2018 revealed several financial irregularities and multiple registrations as well as ghost schools, leading to huge financial losses to the state in the management of the programme.

The report blamed 81 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and the management of the programme for the mismanagement.

After minutes of lamentation, the picketing caterers were later forced by the police to discontinue their action, citing lack of prior notification for the demonstration.

They, however, vowed to seek the necessary clearance to resume their action on Thursday.

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In other news, the Member of Parliament for the Bantama constituency in the Ashanti Region, Daniel Okyem Aboagye has publicly knelt down to plead with the NPP’s chairman in the region to also declare his constituency as one of those that parliamentary primaries should not be held.

According to a report by Peacefmonline.com, the incident happened at the meeting with constituency and polling station executives of the party, as well as electoral area coordinators.

The meeting was chaired by the NPP’s national second vice-chairman, Mr. F.F Antoh.

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Source: Yen

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