Minority kicks against 30% sch feeding allocation to Gender Ministry

 Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini

Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini

The Minority in Parliament has criticised a directive for 30 per cent of the appointment of caterers for the School Feeding Programme to be allocated to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, describing the move as suspicious.

The Minority MPs said they would use all legitimate means to resist the decision to reserve 30 per cent of the appointments in each district to the minister.

According to Alhaji A.B.A Fuseinu, Member of Parliament for Sagnarigu, the directive was “illegal and part of attempts to give jobs to only members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).”

“I want to serve notice that the Minority will use all appropriate means to challenge it because we think that it should not be allowed to go. This directive from the government does not conform to the laws of this country.

 

“This should not be the charge of only the Minority. It is our collective duty as Ghanaians to get up and challenge this obnoxious policy and make sure the right thing is done,” he said in an interview with the Ghanaian Times yesterday.

 

A statement signed by William Charles Quao, Acting National Coordinator of the School Feeding programme directed that “30 per cent of the schools in the district should be reserved for protocol from the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection.”

 

The statement further said that the “Final Selection from the district which excludes the 30 per cent protocol should include strong women activists, female opinion leaders, other women executives, queen-mothers and members of women groups.

 

The directive, which will take effect from the 2017/2018 academic year, the statement noted was from the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, based on a cabinet decision” and must be complied with by all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives.

 

But the MP described the directive as “one of the selective agenda of the NPP” and must be resisted to ensure that a transparent process was followed in recruiting caterers to participate in the programme.

 

“The country does not belong to only members of the NPP. It belongs to all Ghanaians and we all have the right to apply for any available job across the country. It should not be reserved for particular people because they are members of a political party. It is unacceptable,” Alhaji Fuseini stressed.

 

The Ministry, he said must focus on engaging the services of qualified personnel for the school feeding programme, saying that only a non-discriminatory approach would ensure the ultimate success of the policy.

 

“The lives of our children are at stake here. We can’t give out a programme that provides essential food to school children to any individual. We must follow due process in recruiting qualified nutritionist who can provide nutritious and healthy meals to our kids,” the MP stated.

BY CLAUDE NYARKO ADAMS

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