The Northern Regional Youth wing of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has revealed that students of the Bagabaga Demonstration Junior High School in the region, were served sachets of water as the hot meal for the day on the second day of the daily hot meals that President Akufo-Addo promised students.
At a press conference in Tamale, the Youth Wing said the development was the result of greed on the part of caterers who were cherry-picked by the government on the basis of their affiliation to the governing NPP.
“…they were served only sachets of pure water with the promise of bringing the hot meals but it never came….Most of the caterers in an effort to maximize profit leave some schools out or prepare anything called food for them,” the Youth Wing said.
Their statement had been read by Abdul – Mumin Abdul – Karim, Regional Youth Organiser of the NDC.
According to him, the politicization of the hot meals program is what has led to the cases of food poisoning being registered in schools around the country
The Akufo-Addo government’s intentions behind the hot meals program, he said is revealed in how the food packaged in campaign photos of the President and Parliamentary Candidates of the NPP.
So far, over 15 students of the Holy Spirit School in the Volta Regional Capital Ho, are currently receiving treatment at the Ho Municipal Hospital for suspected cases of food poisoning.
The students are said to have developed symptoms after they consumed the food prepared for them as part of the government’s hot meal for JHS final year students.
“It is shameful to observe that campaign stickers of the President and his respective parliamentary candidates are pasted on the packaged food to the teachers and students across the country,” the NDC charged, demanding that political stickers of the President and NPP Parliamentary Candidates be removed from food packages as the food was not bought with the President’s money.