The National Food Suppliers Association has disclosed that the government still owes members of the association a little over GH¢300 million in arrears for food supplied to various senior high schools across the country.
Aggrieved members of the association on Friday, August 18, besieged the premises of the National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCo) to demand payment of 200 million Ghanaian cedis in arrears owed to the suppliers for the year 2022.
The suppliers began days of picketing at the Buffer Stock premises in July after months of appealing to the government for their arrears to be paid to help them continue to be in business.
They later expressed disappointment after only a partial payment was made to them.
The spokesperson for the food suppliers association, Kwaku Amedume, speaking in an interview, said besieging of NAFCo’s premises was to demand their arrears, which have been losing value over the two years that they have been owed.
“When we picketed the last time, the government was able to raise GH¢100 million to be disbursed to members with the promise that they were going to get us the balance on August 17. So what happened was that some of our members approached the buffer stock to enquire about how far they were preparing to settle us. We went into a meeting with them [on August 18] and the information was that the Ministry of Education has released GH¢80 million to be disbursed to the suppliers and that will bring up the total payment for 2022 to GH¢180 million representing about 85 percent of the total arrears owed suppliers.”