Some Students of Senior High Schools in the Elembelle Constituency in the Western Region, are living in fear and apprehension about their health, over the consumption of what the term as ‘expiring’ Margarines.
The Margarines which were donated by the Former Minister of Energy and Member of Parliament for Ellembelle, Hon. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah is causing anxiety and panic among some students in the Constituency.
According to the students, the Margarines which has the Best Before date as October 15, 2022 already has an abnormal taste, one that they are not used to and as such are in fear of the consumed food compromising their health.
The students are therefore afraid of the food item having a degraded quality and with the time period left they may not be able to consume all.
Some screenshots obtained from Whatsapp platforms of some concerned indigenes shows divided opinions about the validity and wholesomeness of the food.
While some section believe the Member of Parliament should have been candid with the students about ‘expiration’ date, other section plays it down as a non-issue as they believe the donated items would be consumed before the date indicated on the product.
This comes on the back of some Senior High School across the country crying for food as some threaten to shut down if food supplies do not come on time.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Education has assured of enough food for the second cycle schools as it has directed the Buffer Stock Company to supply food to senior high schools.
According to the Minister of Education, Hon. Osei Yaw Adutwum as reported on asaaseradio.com, all Senior High Schools have received enough food supply.
“Yesterday, I had a zoom conference call with the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), regional directors of GES and TVET service and every region confirmed that items have come in or are coming in,” the minister said.
“Buffer stock is readying itself to begin to reinvent their supply chain system to make sure that the supplies are regular. They did procurement at the local level and from Upper West to Upper East all the way to Ashanti and Greater Accra, they all said they are getting the items that they need.”
Meanwhile, Kofi Asare, Executive director of Education Watch has said that, the recent food shortages in Senior High Schools are as a result of Gh¢340 million the government owe Bufferstock company.
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