SENIOR MINISTER SOLICITS SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM

The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) in a brief ceremony on Tuesday, at the precincts of the Office of the Senior Minister presented a number of items worth GH₵60,000 to the Ghana School Feeding Program. The items include 2,500 plastic plates, 2,600 plastic cups and over 2,600 cutlery sets. This was a memorable gesture by the GNCCI to the School Feeding Program as part of an appeal made by the Senior Minister, Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo to support the program.

In his opening remarks, the President of the GNCCI, Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I, acknowledged the effort made by the Senior Minister to reach out to the Chamber and other institutions to support the School Feeding Program. He said, “The donation of the items is the widow’s mite from the Chamber”. He then called on other institutions to support the program. The President of the Chamber noted, these items would be of immense help to the handlers of the School Feeding Program and would show the way for other organizations to extend their support as well.

Present at the event was the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison, who also indicated that the gesture to her, is not a widow’s might but rather a big donation that would open the floodgates for other organizations to come to the aid of the Ghana School Feeding Program. She believes the school children would not only eat good food but also eat healthy with the provision of these plates and cups. Hon. Cynthia Morrison explained that the donation made by the GNCCI is an important one which should attract the attention of other organizations to support the program. She also commended the effort made by the Senior Minister to contact various institutions for support towards achieving the desired results of the School Feeding Program. The Minister for Gender believes this would serve as “one child, one bowl and one child one cup” agenda of the Akufo-Addo government.   

In recounting the history of the program, the Senior Minister, Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo indicated that the School Feeding Program was the biggest social intervention program introduced by former President John Agyekum Kuffour during his tenure in office. The Senior Minister recalled that the program mainly relied on three reasons – the first was to provide one meal per child per day in school which primarily became an incentive for increased enrollment of children in school; the second was to link the program to agriculture so we can get food to feed the children; and the third reason was to get more farmers to increase agriculture production and provide direct market of the food crops and vegetables to our own people.

He however feels the core reasons associated with the introduction of the program have not been vigorously championed in the past years. He noted that effort would be made to revamp the program. The Senior Minister added that he wrote to a number of institutions to support the School Feeding Program when the then Gender Minister, Hon. Otiko Afisah Gyaba approached him with some ailing concerns about the program. According to the Senior Minister, he was grateful the GNCCI responded positively with the promise they made and encouraged other institutions to extend a hand of support to the program, so it would benefit our school children and increase enrollment towards eradicating poverty and illiteracy in the country.

Also, present at the event were the Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Gifty Twum-Ampofo, the Chief Director of the Ministry, Dr. Afisah Zakariah, the former President of GNCCI, Hon. Seth Adjei Baah and members of the GNCCI were all present to grace the occasion and to witness the presentation of the items.

 

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