Caterers participating in the School Feeding Programme have confirmed that they have received payments for all of their outstanding arrears, with the exception of those for the second term of 2023.
During the Mid-Year Budget Review in Parliament on July 31, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta announced that the government had successfully settled all arrears owed to caterers under the programme. He stated, “We have also settled all arrears owed to caterers under the programme for the second and third terms of the 2022 academic year; and the first term of 2023.”
Madam Charlotte Asante, the President of the National Association of School Feeding Caterers Association, confirmed this information in an interview with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Eyewitness News. However, she clarified that they are still awaiting payments for the second term of 2023. She expressed optimism that these outstanding arrears for 2023 would likely be disbursed during the current week, as payments have been consistent.
Madam Charlotte Asante pointed out, “When it comes to our financial challenges, I think that we still have some few outstanding, which I know payments should have been made last week. I don’t know what happened, maybe this week they will start paying the 2023 2nd term arrears and other outstanding slides for 2019.”
She further elaborated that the outcome of previous meetings was to settle the arrears for the third term of 2022 and the first term of 2023, which has been successfully completed. However, the payments for the second term of 2023 are yet to be received. Madam Charlotte Asante reassured that once they receive the money, they will inform the media accordingly. She emphasized that for the first time in the history of the School Feeding Programme, payments have been consistently timely, and they are hopeful that this trend continues.