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Finance Ministry to fight School Programme
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Saturday, 02 September 2006

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DR. Amoakoh Tuffour, Chairman of the Ghana School Feeding Programme, has given an ultimatum to the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Kwadwo Baah Wiredu, to as quickly as possible make available funds for the school feeding programme and that failure to do so would receive the wrath of the secretariat .   

.   According to him, it was not the first time the Ministry was delaying the release of the funds and wondered why it was deliberately thwarting the effort of the programme this year too. In an interview with The Heritage, the chairman advised politicians not to use the programme as a way of winning support in their communities, adding that “food belonging to children does not have colours and, therefore, has nothing to do with politics,” he said.

 

In tackling the issue of the Kindergartens, since they were originally not part of the programme, Dr. Tuffour said the secretariat was going round soliciting funds from abroad to help bring up the KGs into the programme.

 

Touching on the locally produced food, he said the programme was going to deal with the surpluses as well as shortages that will occur in the programme, adding that “there is going to be a school feeding warehouse in each of the regions and districts where the programme is running to store food for national security,” said Dr. Tuffour.

 

He advised that farmers should be given new ideas to help them produce more of the locally produced food in the market, and further urged the youth to go to the villages and farm to support the programme.

 

He noted that the programme was going to benefit local farmers to introduce new ideas in their production since the programme is using local foods; however, he said menus of the programme are given to the districts that are running the programme and therefore urges farmers to go through the menu and produce food stuffs to also make money from the programme.

  

Edwina Baniqued

 
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