Bryan, Ofori-Atta, Dr Adutwum to appear before Parliament on Tuesday over Food Suppliers picketing

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Ken Ofori-Atta, Dr Osei Yaw Adutwum and Bryan Acheampong, will address Parliament on Tuesday on the debt from Buffer Stock.

On July 18, 2023, the Ministers of Finance, Education, and Food and Agriculture are anticipated to address Parliament in order to inform the chamber of the difficulties facing the National Food Buffer Stock Company.

This comes after the Speaker instructed the House Business Committee to schedule the Ministers in response to the National Food Suppliers Association’s picketing at the Food Buffer Stock Company over a debt the government owes them.

This was announced by Lydia Seyram Alhassan, the First Deputy Majority Whip, when she gave the business statement for the following week in Parliament.

“Mr Speaker, pursuant to your directive on 7th July 2023 to the Business committee to programme the ministers responsible for finance, education, food and agriculture to appear before the house to explain to the house the challenges confronting the National Food Company Limited. The Committee has accordingly programmed the ministers to appear before the house on 18th July 2023 to brief honourable members on the matter,” she said.

The National Food and Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) picketing by National Food Suppliers Association members has been suspended.

This follows a payment guarantee from Bryan Acheampong, the minister of agriculture.

Since Tuesday, the food suppliers have set up camp at the Buffer Stock Company’s offices and are demanding payment of the 270 million cedis they are due.

Speaking on Top Story on Joy FM, the association’s spokesperson, Kweku Amedume, declared that the protest has been halted as a result of guarantees from the company’s management and the Minister of Agriculture.

By July 17, 2023, the government will settle all verified claims, according to the minister of agriculture.

He said that the 270 million cedis at issue are not covered by these claims.


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