Western Region Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme Abena Kwallah has stated that caterers should by now be familiar with how payment is made under the Programme, stressing that nothing has changed and “so they should exercise patience when there is a delay”.
“They are aware that, if you cook for two terms, you are paid for one term. We know that by August schools will vacate. If anyone has not been paid, it will be for the first term. So, I’m confident that payment for the first term will be paid before vacation. So, they should be patient as we are working assiduously to clear any outstanding.”
Scores of caterers in the Western Region have complained that payment under the Programme unduly delays.
They lament that they have to remonstrate amidst threats that they will not cook before getting paid.
The caterers want the payment to be timeous as they, in most cases, use loans for their activities and must also pay back on time to avoid any penalty.