Some women organizers and youth of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region have locked up the regional secretariat of the school feeding programme, after driving out of the building all the workers.
According to the youth, they were registering their displeasure at the bad handling of the programme and also the proliferation of selected individuals among the zonal coordinators, which they claimed is a serious threat to the NPP in the next general election.
They said that most of the appointed zonal coordinators have no reading and writing ability.
The irate youth were worried that such persons would not be able to produce accurate report needed for the regulation and evaluation of the programme in the region.
“Most of them can’t write so how can they write reports my brother? They have given some of the contracts to NDC women whom we all know in Tamale here,” one of them said.
According to the youth, the school feeding programme in the region would never work, should the government refuse to change the various coordinators in the districts.
Spokesperson for the youth, Iddrisu Eliasu, told Daily Guide that the appointment of the zonal coordinators was done without their knowledge or involvement of NPP executives in the area.
He said some of the appointees double as caterers and manage up to three different schools in the region. This, he believed, would distort the progress of the programme and subsequently lead to its collapse.
“There is no single women’s group or organizer who has been given appointment or the opportunity to buy a form and apply for the position of a coordinator in the Northern Region because the coordinators have hijacked the schools as well so who will supervise them?” he bemoaned.
Mr Iddrisu Eliasu stated that about 90% of the schools which are under the school feeding programme, do not know their caterers, not to talk of their coordinators.
The youth have therefore called on the government to ensure an all-inclusive nature of the appointment of zonal coordinators in the region.
Source: Daily Guide
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