Ghana’s Gender Minister, Hon Cynthia Mamle Morrison following President Akufo-Addo’s instruction to feed final year JHS students and Staff each day, says that her outfit will from August 24 to September 18, 2020 cook the hot meals with only Ghana rice or made in Ghana rice.
His Excellency Akufo-Addo in his 15th televised nation’s address on August 16, 2020, monitored by Georgeweb.org instructed the Member of Parliament for Agona West constituency to ensure all 2020 BECE candidates and staff in both public and private Junior High Schools across the country are given one hot meal each day until the end of the BECE on September 18, 2020.
Nana Akufo-Addo said this timely intervention follows reports that some final year JHS students were going hungry in complying with the COVID-19 safety protocols, hence the decision to provide them with at least one hot meal each day to ensure full observance of the COVID-19 protocols.
Speaking in an interview with the Kumasi-based Angel 96.1 FM, the Gender Minister, Hon Cynthia Mamle Morrison commended President Akufo-Addo for the initiative adding that it is a step in the right direction to support the students in amidst the outbreak of the locally transmitted coronavirus.
The Member of Parliament for Agona West constituency said her outfit in collaboration with their caterers will from August 24, 2020, will serve the prospective students and staff in various Junior High Schools with one meal each day as instructed by His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
According to her, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) will ensure that only Ghana rice or made in Ghana rice are used to cook various types of meals for the beneficiaries until the ending date.
Hon Cynthia Mamle Morrison told host of Angel FM’s Angel in the morning show, Kwame Tanko that her Ministry will cook various types of meals like waakye, Jollof, rice and stew with eggs among others with only Ghana rice.
The Minister speaking further said one particular menu would be cooked nationwide for the beneficiaries “so if Monday is waakye, all JHS students and staff in the country will eat waakye and another menu on Tuesday”
She said her outfit as part of efforts to support the government in the battle against the locally transmitted coronavirus that has claimed at least 231 lives in the country will strictly adhere to all the COVID-19 safety protocols.
The Agona West MP noted that students will only be served with rice “we will not serve them banku and others because of the novel coronavirus, so parents should take note that their wards will eat rice, she urged parents to cook different meals at home for their kids to balance their diet”.
The Gender Minister urged all Ghanaians to patronize and use made in Ghana products in the markets to boost the country’s economy and also help the producers of the products.