On Friday, July 7, 2023, there was uncertainty as Minority Caucus members were at the National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) on business.
The Food and Agriculture Minister, Bryan Acheampong, is shown in a widely distributed video having a heated argument with the members.
The Minority Leader can be heard being told by the Minister for Food and Agriculture that “You can’t do that, and what do you know about paying people or about payments that have already been done considering that you were a deputy finance minister?”
The Minister was overheard saying, among other things, “You should be the last person to get angry,” by a number of Caucus members. You shouldn’t be yelling at us in this manner if you had already found the answer—otherwise, we wouldn’t be present. It shows contempt.
Cassiel Ato Forson, the minority leader, is being reprimanded by the minister, who can be heard stating, “You are a leader, and you don’t bring the press to a discussion.”
The conflict may have been influenced by unknown reasons.
In order to get paid for two years’ worth of GH278 million in overdue payments for food provided to senior high schools across the nation, the National Food Suppliers Association is picketing at the Buffer Stock.
On Thursday, July 6, the Minister paid a visit to the irate food suppliers and pledged to work with the Ministry of Finance to have their back payments made.