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Govt supplies food items to School Feeding Caterers



The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) has started distributing food items to caterers under the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) across the country.

The items include; Ghana Rice (50kg), Cooking Oil (25 litres), Tin Tomatoes and Texturized Soy Protein (TSP), which are all sourced from local farmers and processed by local companies.

The caterers will no longer have to contract huge loans from the banks to pre-finance the cooking, but will receive the food items on credit from GSFP and pay back only when Government releases their payment.

A statement from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Monday said the distribution which began on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in some regions was as a result of an agreement the Ministry reached with the National Buffer Stock Company Limited for the supply of the items.

It quoted, Mrs Cynthia Mamle Morrison, the Gender Minister as saying the food supply was meant to relieve the Caterers from the huge financial burdens involved in pre-financing or procuring food items for the preparation of meals for the school children.

She said the Caterers, hitherto, used to procure food items by themselves from different suppliers and markets at different prices, which accounted for over 80 per cent of their total income.

The Minister expressed her appreciation to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Buffer Stock Company Limited, Mr. Abdul-Wahab Hanan Aludiba for making the initiative a reality.

The statement requested all the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to offer the needed cooperation for the smooth implementation of the initiative.

Mrs Cynthia Morrison said, the distribution of the food items was to prepare wholesome foods for the school children, and fulfill government’s promise to encourage the consumption of locally produced foods; create jobs for women in the local communities; boost agricultural production; reduce poverty among local farmers and increase income at the district level among others.

She said the distribution of the food items was likely to increase school enrollment and retention; and to ultimately meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

“It will also eliminate the inconsistencies in cooking on school going days by some caterers due to insufficient funds and sometimes shortage of food items.

“With this initiative, all that the caterers need to do is to buy a few ingredients and they are good to go to the kitchen satisfactorily.”

Mrs Cynthia Morrison was confident that the food supply will be sustainable, because of Planting for Food and Jobs initiative and the high productivity by smallholder farmers in the districts.

The statement said the Minister would join forces with the Management of Ghana School Feeding Programme to monitor the distribution of the items to avoid abuse.

Source: ghananewsagency.org


“I Disagree With The Process Of The Trial And The Ruling” – John Mahama Speaks (Video)



The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress in the 2020 elections, John Dramani Mahama, has stated that he completely disagrees with the ruling of the Supreme Court on the Election Petition.

Addressing Ghanaians Thursday evening, the former President said even though he is legally bound to accept the ruling of the Supreme Court, the processes adopted by the panel leaves much to be desired.

“As much as I am aware that we are legally bound by the decision of the Supreme Court, I disagree with the processes and the ruling of the Supreme Court,” President Mahama said.

The former President also stated that the legal manoeuvre adopted by the lawyers of the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jean Mensa, to prevent her from testifying and accounting to the people of Ghana sets a bad precedent for the future.

Mr Mahama also slammed the Supreme Court justices for taking out of context the evidence provided by Johnson Asiedu Nketia and using it as a basis to dismiss his case.

A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed former President John Mahama’s suit challenging the 2020 election results.

In reading the judgment on Thursday, March 4, 2020, Chief Justice, Anim Yeboah stated that the petitioner failed to prove his case beyond a reasonable doubt. He added that the errors announced by the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jean Mensa, which were subsequently corrected cannot be used to invalidate the election.

According to the Supreme Court, the errors announced by Jean Mensa did not adversely affect any of the candidates in the 2020 elections. The Supreme Court also held that the petitioner failed to adduce enough evidence to merit a re-run between himself and President Akufo-Addo.

The Chief Justice in reading the judgment also described as fanciful the witness statement by Michael Kpessa-Whyte and Rojo Mettle-Nunoo.

Justice Anim Yeboah said the two witnesses had themselves to blame after abandoning their duty in the strongroom since they were under no obligations to leave when their work in the room was not finished.

Mr Mahama who re-contested the election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), took the Electoral Commission to court, challenging the validity of the Commission’s 9th December 2020 declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the winner of the poll.

Mr Mahama also contended in his petition that, President Akufo-Addo did not meet the constitutional threshold for election to the high office of the president yet was so declared.

He was praying the court in the last two months, albeit amidst strong opposition from lawyers for President Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission, to nullify the declaration and to cause a re-run between him and President Akufo-Addo.

Source: Starrfm


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Akufo-Addo Speaks After Supreme Court Dismissed Mahama’s Election Petition



President Akufo-Addo has broken his silence on the Supreme Court’s ruling against rival, John Dramani Mahama.

In a new post on his official and verified Instagram page, he congratulated himself after winning the the court case.

He captioned his post; On Thursday, 4th March 2021, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous ruling, affirmed my victory in the presidential election of 7th December 2020.

The Supreme Court dismissed the election petition brought before it by John Dramani Mahama, the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“The petitioner did not demonstrate in any way how the errors [committed by the EC] affected the declaration of the election…We have therefore no reason to order a re-run [of the polls]. We accordingly dismiss the petition,” Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah said while reading the ruling of the court on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

John Mahama was challenging the results of the polls insisting that none of the nine presidential candidates obtained the mandatory 50%+1 vote constitutional threshold to be declared the winner of the polls.

SOURCE: Gossips24.com

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Man Dies Shortly After Supreme Court Ruled Against John Mahama



An unidentified man has died at the Supreme Court shortly after Justices of the court, led by, Justice Anim Yeboah dismissed the petition filed by John Dramani Mahama.

Today, Justices of the Supreme court unanimously ruled against the NDC’s John Mahama stressing that Nana Akufo-Addo was legally elected and declared president of Ghana at the 202 Presidential elections.

Shortly after the ruling, Modernnewsgh.com got the information that a man who was present at the Supreme Court collapsed and died.

Media personality, Serwaa Amihere also confirmed the report on Twitter saying, “A man yet to be identified has been rumoured dead after collapsing at the premises of the SC shortly after the apex court judgement on the election petiton.”

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