THE Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP), has released over GH¢8 million as the first tranche for the feeding of school pupils throughout the country this academic year.
Mr. Solomon Kwame Donkor, Deputy National Coordinator in-charge of Finance and Administration of the GSFP, announced this at a workshop organised for stakeholders of the programme in Tamale.
Participants included district coordinators of the GSFP, caterers, cooks and non-governmental organisations.
The workshop was to educate the various stakeholders on the new measures and structures to be implemented to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the programme.
Mr Donkor said that more schools will benefit from the programme, with the three northern regions benefiting from 30 per cent of the allocation which is expected to raise the number of school children being fed to 95,000 pupils.
He cautioned district coordinators of the programme and others involved in its implementation not to extort money or other favours from the caterers to let them compromise on the quality and quantity of the food they prepared for the pupils.
He warned that those caught in such dealings would be promptly dismissed.
Mr Donkor asked the district coordinators to open separate accounts for the GSFP and also ensure that proper accounts were kept.
He said the objectives of the GSFP were so laudable that all the presidential candidates had pledged to continue with it if voted into power and therefore appealed to all the stakeholders to work hard to ensure its success.
Professor Ache-ampong Yaw Amoa-teng, Deputy National Cordinator in-charge of Monitoring and Evaluation, said the activities of his outfit formed an important component of the restructuring exercise.
He said in this regard, the remuneration of the staff would be increased to commensurate with their qualification while efforts would also be made to provide them with offices, computers and vehicles.