Programme was being operated illegally - AMA boss
Audrey Micah, Ghanadot
Accra, Sept 16, Ghanadot - The Chief Executive Officer of
the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Dr. Alfred
Vanderpuiye, is alleging criminality in the operations of
the School Feeding Programme.
In an interview on Peace FM, the Accra Mayor stated that since the
inception of the Programme by the previous administration,
it has been illegally operated, directly from the
Secretariat, instead of at the District level.
“This irregularity was perpetuated and also overlooked due
to bad governance and the parochial interest of some people
at the secretariat.
When we realized this anomaly, district committees were set
up by the secretariat under the Chairmanship of the Major of
Accra, to re-structure the whole programme.”
Commenting on the confusion that rocked the programme
yesterday, the AMA mayor said, the decision to ask caterers
to re-apply was borne out of the fact that two separate
audit reports, one undertaken by the PricewaterhouseCoopers
and the other by the Auditor General's Dept., revealed
massive fraud and underhand dealings in the appointment of
contracts, contrary to the guidelines of the programme.
Dr. Vanderpuiye stressed that “the contracts signed with the
caterers are not permanent, since at the end of every
academic year, performances will be evaluated.”