In response to the needs of the National Food Suppliers Association members, the National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) was established.
The Company recognised its debt to the suppliers and expressed sympathy for their situation.
The company announced in a statement to the press on Thursday, July 6, “The issue will be the subject of an emergency board meeting, the results of which, along with a potential road map for settlement, will be released later.”
According to a press statement, “The Board and Management of NAFCO is dedicated to working with all significant stakeholders, particularly the Ministries of Education and Finance, for the swift settlement of the concerns.
The National Food Suppliers Association picketed the location to demand payment of GH 270 million that they claim is owed to them by the government. This is when NAFCO responded.
The vendors, who came from every part of the nation, claim that since 2021, the government has not paid them for the food they provided to senior high schools all throughout the nation.
The suppliers have been sleeping on the Buffer Stock Company’s property every night since Tuesday, July 4, and they have made it clear that they won’t leave until the government has fully paid them their due.
The suppliers claim that because creditors are following them for their money, they are unable to go back to where they normally live.
The employees were visited by Bryan Acheampong, the minister of agriculture, on the evening of Thursday, July 6. Acheampong pledged to work with the ministry of finance to get the workers’ two-year arrears repaid.
The Minister also promised to reply on Friday afternoon with the payment date.
His assurances didn’t satisfy the Association’s members, who said they would keep picketing despite his words to the contrary.