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SENIOR MINISTER SOLICITS SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL FEEDING

The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) has presented a number of items worth GH₵60,000 to the Ghana School Feeding Program (GSFP).

 

The items included 2,500 plastic plates, 2,600 plastic cups and over 2,600 cutlery sets.

 

Presenting the items to the Senior Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the President of the GNCCI, Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I, said it followed a request by the Senior Minister to various institutions to support the Program.

 

He hoped the items would be of immense benefit to the handlers of the GSFP and urged other organizations to extend their support as well.

 

Recalling the history of the program, the Senior Minister said it was the biggest social intervention program introduced by former President John Agyekum Kuffour during his tenure in office.

 

He said the program mainly relied on three reasons – the first was to provide one meal per child per day in school which primarily became an incentive for increased enrollment of children in school; the second was to link the program to agriculture so we can get food to feed the children; and the third reason was to get more farmers to increase agriculture production and provide direct market of the food crops and vegetables to our own people.

 

The Senior Minister observed that the core reasons associated with the introduction of the program had not been vigorously championed in the past years and therefore stressed on the need to revamp it.

 

Therefore, Mr Osafo-Maafo expressed gratitude to GNCCI for responding positively to the request and indicated that it would encourage other institutions to do same for the benefit of school children, increase enrollment apart from eradicating poverty and illiteracy in the country.

 

The Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Ms. Cynthia Mamle Morrison, who was among the dignitaries at the event, commended the effort by GNCCI and Senior Minister to the program, saying that it would serve as “one child, one bowl and one child one cup” agenda of the Akufo-Addo government.  

 

Source: ISD (Ernest Zume)                    

   

 

Created: 13 December 2018
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