Lambussie: Dismissed School Feeding Caterers accuse DCE, MP of illegal termination of contracts; demand reinstatement

Some disgruntled caterers of the School Feeding Programme in the Lambussie District of the Upper West Region are up in arms against the District Chief Executive and Member of Parliament for the area, George Naluri Gerald and Bright Bakye Baligi for allegedly terminating their contracts without serving them any prior notice.

At a press conference in Lambussie on Friday, the group accused the DCE and MP of allegedly replacing them with their cronies.

According to the visibly angry caterers, they have a contract with the Ghana School Feeding Program (GSFP) “and none of us have been notified officially by the GSFP terminating our contracts and in furtherance to that, there’s a letter from the GSFP dated 17th January 2022 from the head office directing only caterers on their pay list to prepare and start work on Tuesday 25th January 2022”.

The 26 caterers, who are known supporters of the New Patriotic Party, are demanding an immediate reversal of the alleged decision by the duo.

They have vowed to remain at post until their names are restored.

Read below the full press statement by the group:

PRESS STATEMENT BY ILLEGALLY DISMISSED CATERERS – LAMBUSSIE DISTRICT.

Good morning friends of the media. We wish to express our deep seated gratitude for honouring this our invitation to Lambussie here today.

Today we have invited you here to share with you some worrying developments in the Lambussie district regarding the Ghana school feeding program in the district.

On Monday 17th January, 2022 our attention was drawn to a purported list posted on the notice board of the assembly in which over twenty-six (26) of us were allegedly sacked for no apparent reason.

Some attempts to reach Hon. George Naluri the ( DCE) on phone on the matter as he was not in office on Monday proved futile as he refused to pick calls or return them.

Friends of the press, it will interest you to note that per our checks, across the entire country, it is only in the Lambussie district that the DCE, MP and their cohorts colluded to carry out this malicious and inhumane act.

The reasons that are being peddled around by Hon. George Naluri (DCE) are that, we this allegedly dismissed caterers are not cooking which is a pathological liar.

We wish to indicate without any shred of doubt that this was premeditated and executed by the DCE and MP to take away our livelihoods unjustifiably.

Below are further and better particulars regarding the schools of we the affected caterers:

  1. Billow Primary
  2. Happa Primary
  3. Dahile KG
  4. Dahile Primary
  5. Banwon primary
  6. Buu Primary
  7. Nabaala Primary
  8. Samoa KG
  9. Kokya R/C Primary
  10. Hakyagan Primary
  11. Sina Dindee Primary 4 – 6
  12. Koro Primary 4 – 6
  13. Tapumu Primary
  14. Karni Dampuo
  15. Karni Zumara
  16. Karni Primary A
  17. Girgan Primary
  18. Kulkani Primary
  19. Kokoligu primary
  20. Suke Primary 5 – 6
  21. Lambussie T. I
  22. Hamile D/A Primary
  23. Sentu Primary
  24. Hamile R/C Primary
  25. Hamile T.I Primary

This information is provided for you the media and any interested persons who will want to cross check and get the facts yourselves in order to confirm our story or otherwise.

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, this action by the Hon. Member pf Parliament (Hon. Bright Yelvieldong Baligi) and the Hon. District Chief Executive (George Naluri ) is not only inhumane but malicious, capricious and despicable to say the least. We shall resist this action with all our might and strength.

We want to ask the duo these questions:

  1. Which letter from the GSFP authorize them to sack us
  2. What was the reason(s) for sacking us?
  3. Has the GSFP in the district queried any of us for non-performance? If any provide evidence to that effect

Media personnel present, we want to send a word of caution to the people who have illegally been sent to our schools as caterers to note that we are still at post and will not condone any illegality on Tuesday at our various schools as we go to start work.

We have a contract with the GSFP and none of us have been notified officially by the GSFP terminating our contracts and in furtherance to that there’s a letter from the GSFP dated 17th of January 2022 from the head office directing only caterers on their pay list to prepare and start work on Tuesday 25th January 2022. Attach is copy of that letter for your perusal.

We want unequivocally that, the two personalities behind this shameful and humongous act are the MP and the DCE and we will not sit down and allow us to be treated this way as it will amount to travesty of justice.

We also want to further admonish the Hon. MP and the Hon DCE to know that the NPP in Lambussie constituency does not belong to them and for that matter we will not watch them derail the gains of the party in the constituency through their actions that seek to only satisfy their selfish and parochial interest.

We want to seize this opportunity to thank his excellency the President for sustaining and expanding the school feeding program in the country.

Addressing the media, a former NPP Deputy Constituency Women’s Organizer, Ibrahim Hanatu, who is the Vice-Chairperson for the Wa Municipal School Feeding Caterers Association, explained that the majority of their members were awarded the contracts because of their roles in the fortunes of the NPP in the Wa Municipality and that any attempt to disengage them will spell doom for the party in the next general election.

 

Source: Modern Ghana

We will complete Sunyani inner-city roads as scheduled – Chinese contractors

Chinese contractors working on the rehabilitation and expansion of the Sunyani inner-city roads project have promised to deliver quality works and complete the project as scheduled.

Mr Lieo Xiaozhun, the Deputy Manager of the Project, being executed by the Sinohydro-Corporation, said despite emerging challenges, works on the 39-kilometer stretch, which covered Sunyani (29 kilometers) and Berekum (10 kilometres) Municipalities were progressing, saying very soon bitumen works on the Sunyani portion would commence.

The Deputy Manager gave the promise when he conducted Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister and a team of engineers from the Urban Roads Department round the project sites in Sunyani on Thursday.

Mr Xiaozhun therefore asked residents in the regional capital to remain calm, saying quality and excellence remained the trademark of the Sinohydro-Corporation.

President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia cut the sod for the work to begin on the 29-kilometre Sunyani town roads in September 2020.

Work on the 30-month project, costing the nation about US$45 million commenced in December last 2020 and is expected to be completed in 2023.

It forms part of the rehabilitation and expansion of major roads across the country being funded under the Sinohydro agreement the Akufo-Addo government signed with Sinohydro Corporation and the Chinese government.

About eight major suburbs and a total of 26 communities under these suburbs in the Sunyani Municipality are benefiting from the project.

They included Agyei Ano (Dr. Berko), Mayfair, Baakoniaba, New Town, Berlin Top, and Penkwase areas’ roads, as well as Estate inner link roads.

The project also captures specific roads in the Berekum Municipality, which would also witness massive expansion and rehabilitation works.

Mr Jacob Nelson, the Bono Regional Director of Urban Roads Department, later told Newsmen work done so far on the project was about 31 per cent.

He said though 41 percent of the contract period had already elapsed, from all indications, the contractors would be able to meet the deadline, because they were almost through with the major works, saying 41 percent of drainage works had also been completed

Mr Nelson explained major works, including construction of five culverts, on the nine-kilometre ring road from the Jubilee Park to the Fiapre roundabout were expected to be completed in March this year.

On her part, Mad Owusu-Banahene said though she was highly impressed about the progress of work, and appealed to the contractors to speed up, saying “what my people want to see is the bitumen on the road”.

She also commended the Urban Roads Department and the Municipal Development Collaborative, the project consultants, for their excellent monitoring role and asked residents to continue to cooperate with the contractors.

On completion, the Regional Minister indicated the project would not only beautify, but would further open-up the capital, attract investors, thereby facilitate trade and commerce for rapid socio-economic growth and development.

The Regional Minister and the team of engineers, later inspected progress of work on the rehabilitation of the Kuotokrom-Yawhima dual carriage stretch, and commended the Sames Company Limited, the contractors for the progress of work.

Mad Owusu-Banahene indicated that this particular stretch remained one of the busiest roads in the region, saying any delay would slow down economic activities.

Mr Samuel Kwabena Opoku, the Chief Executive Officer of the Sames Company Limited explained about 13 kilometers of drainage work had been completed.

He said construction work on the project commenced in 2020 and promised to complete the project by the close of the year.

To control dust, which residents along the road described as a great worry, Mr Opoku promised to continue watering the surface thrice a day, and appealed to the residents to cooperate and assured them to speed up work.

 

Source: Modern Ghana

Denial of pregnancies by men increases in Northern Region

The cases of men impregnating young girls and denying responsibility for the pregnancy are increasing in the Northern Region, leaving the pregnant girls in a state of total agony.

 

In 2021, 52 cases of denial of pregnancies were reported to the Northern Regional office of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

 

In 2020, the total number of cases of denial of pregnancies reported to CHRAJ in the region stood at 41.

 

Mr Inusah Iddrisu, Senior Public Education Officer and Investigator at the Northern Regional office of CHRAJ, who announced this, attributed the situation to the high numbers of young boys and girls engaging in sex.

 

He was making a presentation at a forum in Tamale on the trends of abuse in the region and how CHRAJ acted on them.

 

The forum was organised by Norsaac, a civil society organisation (CSO), with support from the Dutch Embassy as part of a three-month project to bring critical stakeholders together to discuss how they responded to human rights issues.

 

State institutions engaged in promoting human rights, including the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service and the Legal Aid Commission made presentations on their mandate and activities during the forum.

 

Representatives of some CSOs, youth groups and public institutions in the region attended the meeting.

 

Mr Iddrisu said CHRAJ acted on the cases, saying, “Some of the cases were handled through mediation; parties came and accepted responsibility and the men accepting to take up the responsibility of the pregnancies until the girls delivered and thereafter maintain the children.”

 

He added that “Others, we are still in court so that the court will provide for interim maintenance so that the men will assume temporary responsibility until the girls deliver and, thereafter, a DNA request will be made to determine the paternity of the children.”

 

Meanwhile, 21 cases of non-maintenance of children were reported to CHRAJ in the region in 2021 as against 26 cases reported in 2020.

 

Mr Inusah said despite efforts by CHRAJ to resolve the cases, some families always demanded to withdraw such cases for settlement in the home.

 

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr Emmanuel Horlortu, Northern Regional Coordinator of DOVVSU, decried the non-reporting of rape and defilement cases in the region, saying it left the victims without justice.

 

Mr Horlortu said about 80 per cent of such cases were not reported, adding even the few reported cases were sometimes not fully prosecuted because families wanted such cases settled out of courts.

 

Mr Issah Mahmudu, Northern Regional Director of the Legal Aid Commission, said legal services were very expensive in the country, making it very difficult for many of the citizens to access justice at the courts.

 

Mr Mahmudu said there were plans to open more offices for the Legal Aid Commission in the Northern, North East and Savannah Regions to ensure improved access to legal services to the citizenry.

 

Hajia Hafsatu Sey Sumani, Head of Programmes, Policy and Campaign at Norsaac, said as part of the project, “For the past month, we engaged youth groups, and today we engaged some CSOs to look at how we understand human rights laws hence engaging CHRAJ, DOVVSU and Legal Aid Commission to shed light on their mandate and activities, and how they respond to critical human rights issues.”

 

Hajia Sumani said the knowledge gained during the forum would help the CSOs and the youth groups to collaborate effectively with state agencies to ensure a peaceful environment for all.

 

She observed that the state agencies faced a lot of influences in the performance of their functions, which most of the time, led to the halting of cases, emphasising the need for continued advocacy to stop the trend.

 

Source: Modern Ghana