The Empty Promises Are Enough, Give Us Our Money-National Food Suppliers
The National Food Suppliers Association has called on the government once more to make provisions for their outstanding two years arrears else they will picket at the premises of the National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO).
This comes after they met with the Minister of Education over the demands, of which NAFCO has indicated that plans are underway to get the Finance Ministry to release funds to pay them.
In an interview monitored by The Ghana Report on Citi, the spokesperson for the National Food Suppliers Association, Kwaku Amedume said they will not be moved by empty promises from any government agencies responsible for paying their arrears.
“That has always been the story we have been hearing for the past two years; we are organising some money, we are going to release some funding, we should bring our names, we should meet at 10 o’clock. We have gone through all these processes and promises, and we are still where we are for the past two years. So I don’t think it is enough to just conclude that we are satisfied. Until we have our money in our hands, we don’t trust that this money will be paid to us”.
“Mind you, day-in-day-out, the value of the money with Buffer Stock keeps reducing, and so we are more than interested in getting our money than any promise, we want action, not promises”, he noted.
On May 25, 2023, the National Food Suppliers Association issued a 14-day ultimatum to the National Food Buffer Stock Company to pay the over eighteen months arrears owed members else they will picket at the Buffer Stock’s premises until they are paid.