The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has called on the government to increase the feeding grant for school feeding caterers to supply nutritious meals to pupils who are beneficiaries of the intervention.
According to NUGS, it will take a magician to feed someone with less than GHS1 as one pupil is fed with 0.97p.
NUGS President, Mr Dennis Appiah Larbi-Ampofo made the request on Wednesday, 31 August 2022, when he led a delegation to pay a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo, at the Jubilee House.
He said, “Young people who benefit from the school feeding programme are complaining and the complaint is very simple; that the amount of money earmarked for the school feeding programme is woefully inadequate.”
“My last checks clearly reveal that it is less than a cedi. It takes a magician to feed anybody in this country with less than a cedi. We are begging you and your good office to look at it and it must be quick” the NUGS President stated.
President Akufo-Addo, in his reaction, said: “I think they are legitimate matters you have put before us. They are serious matters and I think that they are matters that we need to deal with”.
School Feeding caterers, in July this year, embarked on a strike to demand an increase in their feeding grant from 0.97 pesewas to GHS3.
Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin who [paid a surprise visit to the School Feeding Secretariat said their request was justified.