Adwoa Sarfo sacks school feeding program boss

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has terminated the contract of the National Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) Gertrude Quashigah.

A letter dated May 18, 2021, signed by Minister Sarah Adwoa Safo, stated that Mrs Quashigah was to leave office effective immediately.

The letter directed her to handover any official document in her custody to the Chief Director of the Gender Ministry.

“You will be paid one month’s salary in lieu of notice as stipulated in your contract agreement.

“We appreciate your support towards the execution of the mandate of the Ghana School Feeding Programme during the period.”

The Ministry did not give reason for the termination.

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The development, however, comes after the Ghana Education Service (GES) directed the management of some Senior High Schools in the Ashanti Region to co-operate with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service as it investigates some issues related to the supply of food items.

In a letter addressed to the GES Regional Director, the Service listed 53 schools to be investigated for alleged corruption in implementing the Free SHS Feeding Programme.

Some of the schools include Afia Serwaa Kobi Ampem SHS, Adu Gyamfi SHS, Kumasi Anglican, Kumasi Girls, Kumasi Wesley Girls, KNUST SHS and Opoku Ware SHS.

Mrs Gertrude Quashigah, was officially named national coordinator of the programme in March 2020 after taking over from Dr Kwame Adu-Nsiah who was also fired.

She was already serving as an acting coordinator for about year before she was given the role officially.

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