The programme, in its pilot phase, covers 10 schools.
“When I heard of the Assembly’s own agenda of extending the feeding program to more schools from its own Internally Generated Funds, I said this is commendable, the first time an Assembly is doing this,” the Minister stated.
Madam Ntosu said this at Agormor-Agado, while inaugurating a 20-member Schools Management Committee for the local SFP and also handed over 10 reservoirs to the 10 beneficiary schools.
The Minister, who also commissioned a six classroom block for the Agormor-Agado basic school, said the initiative aside that of government was to draw more kids to schools and improve on their nutrition. This deserves praise.
She said the Mahama administration deserve praise for doing a lot for the country and for that matter the Volta Region.
Madam Ntosu said critics were pretending to be seeing nothing, mentioning the University, an airport and the Eastern corridor road projects, as just a few in the Region.
“Ignore and do not listen to the critics who say they do not have money in their pocket and are therefore deliberately downplaying the roads, schools and hospitals projects, ignoring fact that such facilities bring comfort and both direct and indirect sources of money,” she told the people.
Madam Ntosu, who commissioned another six classroom block for Afiadenyigba-Gborxoxome, said running a country was not a child’s play.
On the November elections, the Minister said those beating war drums should be avoided as what the country needed now was peace.
Mr James Gunu, District Chief Executive of the area, said the pupil population of the Agormor-Agado school for example shot up to about 400 from 360 in six weeks due to the introduction of the feeding programme.
He said the District would find the money to sustain the GHC320,000.00 pilot SFP until the Government absorbed those schools.
He said furniture for teachers and pupils were to be distributed to some schools in the area soon.
Madam Edith Akpoto, Volta Regional SFP Director, said the SFP has decided to forgo its management cost charges to the pilot SFP to enable it succeed.