The National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) has been accused of dishonesty in relation to its dealings with the National Food Suppliers Association by a ranking member of the education committee of parliament.
Peter Notsu-Kotoe extended his sympathy to the National Food Suppliers Association protesters who are now demonstrating outside the Buffer Stock Company’s offices.
Some members have spent nights in NAFCO’s facilities in protest as a result of their demand, which is based on the due arrears totaling GH278 million.
The Akatsi South MP maintained that NAFCO has turned into a centre for nefarious deals while speaking on JoyNews’ AM Show.
“Bufferstock has developed into a centre for corruption, and things there are quite awful. There should be a time when we look at what Buffer Stock is doing,” he noted on Friday.
The displeased suppliers told him, according to Notsu-Kotoe’s subsequent statement, that the Ministry of Education had previously paid the Buffer Stock Company almost 90% of the arrears.
The lack of availability of the monies to the providers, however, raises questions about the openness and integrity of the procedure.
“You can’t owe someone money, keep it, hire someone else, and then decide you don’t want to pay them back. They must live because they are people with families who must also have lives.
He wants the company’s operations to be the subject of a public investigation.
In the meanwhile, the National Food Suppliers Association claims that it cannot trust any debt-resolution negotiations undertaken by the National Food Buffer Stock Company.
For the last 72 hours, the gang has set up camp on the grounds of the buffer stock firm and is requesting the 270 million cedis that is promised to them.
The National Buffer Stock Company said on Thursday that an urgent meeting to decide on a payment schedule had been scheduled.
However, the food distributors do not purchase it.