After several weeks of a food crisis, the majority of state-owned senior high schools now have supplies, according to Education Minister Yaw Osei Adutwum.
In response to inquiries from the House of Representatives, he acknowledged that the government owes the National Food Buffer Stock Company over GHC340 million, which causes a food shortage in several Ghanaian high schools.
However, Dr. Adutwum stated on Wednesday (27 July 2022)’s episode of The Asaase Breakfast Show, which Ghanatodayonline.com is a viewer of, that the government is striving to pay off the debt and put a stop to the shortages.
“Yesterday, I had a zoom conference call with the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), regional directors of [the Ghana Education Service] and TVET Service – and every region confirmed that items have come in or are coming in,” he said.
“Buffer Stock is readying itself to begin to reinvent their supply chain system to make sure that the supplies are regular.
“They did procurement at the local level, and from Upper West to Upper East all the way to Ashanti and Greater Accra, they all said they are getting the items that they need.
“I am sure if you call them they will tell you: the items that are in short supply are now coming. So that is a cashflow, supply chain system [problem] and it is not about the budget,” Dr Adutwum said.