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Govt supplies food items to School Feeding Caterers

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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

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Armed Robbers Storm Obuasi Lenclay Sports Stadium(VIDEO)

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The home grounds of Ghana Premier League giants AshantiGold SC was raided by armed robbers who made away with lighting equipment worth $172,000.

The robbery incident is a major setback to the quest of the club to win the  2020 Ghana Premier League, which is set to begin in two weeks time, as well as the CAF Confederation Cup.

Investigations have however commenced by the Police in Obuasi, though no arrests have been made yet.

The incident which was reported by management of the club, indicated that, the thieves cut the cables meant to be used for electrical works on the flood light and other essential cables at the Len Clay stadium.

AngloGold Ashanti Company Limited, the mining company that owns the community club, have been called in to assess the damage caused by the robbery.

AshantiGold SC are set host Karela United FC at the same venue in the opening day of the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League on 15 November 2020.

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Every Ghanaian Will Have To Pay GH¢10,000 To Settle Debt Incurred By Akufo-Addo – Sammy Gyamfi

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Sammy Gyamfi, the Communication Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has said that every Ghanaian will have to pay GH¢10,000 to settle the debt accrued by the Akufo-Addo Administration.

At the NDC’s weekly press briefing on Wednesday, he asked electorates to “ignore government’s deceptive semantics about Ghana’s catastrophic debt position.”

According to him, the NDC would expose all of the lies of the Akufo-Addo administration and set the record straight, including currently indebting Ghanaians.

He also noted that the constant and never-ending borrowing of funds by the government had increased the national debt per person ratio.

“Per our current total public debt of ¢258.8 billion as at June 2020…every Ghanaian in Ghana today is indebted to the tune of about ¢10,000,” he stated.

“President Akufo-Addo has added more debt; a whopping ¢138 billion and still counting to Ghana’s public debt in only three and half years, far more than any government has done in the history of this country, and far more than all successive governments since independence,” Mr Gyamfi said.

He also added that even with the Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) status in 2001, the debt-to-GDP ratio of 61% cannot be compared to the current debt ratio held by the country.

“Indeed, our current debt position is worse than where we were when we joined the HIPC debt relief program in the year 2001, at which time our debt to GDP ratio stood at 61%.

“As a matter of fact, our debt position this year is the worst ever in the history of our Fourth republican democracy,” he further added.

 

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Mother of the four kids who died at Amasaman in a fire outbreak finally narrates what really happened

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Yesterday News of 4 kids who were burnt to death after an outbreak of fire at Amasaman broke the Internet.

The mother of the Four whom we identified as Sister Afia has denied the allegations that the eldest daughter was to be blamed for the untimely death of her four children.

The kids age, 7,9,13 and 16 died when the mother left the children to do for an all night in the Vicinity.

The eldest daughter together with the 3 other kids died with the children and according to the mother, she is hurt and heart broken listening to the comment that she was to be blamed.

Narrating the incident to Angel News, Sister Afia happens to be a reverend minister at the church said,”When they opened the building in the course of the fire, my daughter together with her other siblings were already dead”

“So if she left for her boyfriend’s house, how come she is part of the dead children? I am going through a lot so I dont like what they are saying about me and my daughter.

Narrating what happened, she revealed that her daughter asked her to take the lead and promised that she will come with her other siblings.

Thirty minutes later, a neighbor called to inform her about the fire outbreak.

“Upon seeing the fire, I instantly felt my children were dead” She was lucky to have left home with the last born before the fire outbreak”

 

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