School Feeding Report Clears Interdicted Boss

Dr. Kwame Adu-Nsiah

An investigation commissioned by President Nana
Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo into the activities and operations of the Ghana School
Feeding Programme (GSFP) has ‘exposed’ the Minister of Gender, Children and
Social Protection, Cynthia Morrison.

It follows allegations of widespread
malpractices in the GSFP levelled against the then National Coordinator, Dr.
Kwame Adu-Nsiah, by the minister. She based on the allegations and called for
his interdiction after several failed attempts to remove him from office.

The President then set up a committee chaired
by Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo to investigate the matter and the committee
has submitted a 13-page report, a copy of which has been sighted by DAILY

Parts of the report said, “The committee
chaired by the Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo sat 10 times and interviewed all
key personnel of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP). The minister was
unable to provide any tangible evidence to substantiate the allegations of
widespread malpractices in the GSFP apart from the specific case of Sekyere
East Constituency.”

It said it interviewed key personnel including
the person who was made to act as head of the GSFP after the interdiction but
“no evidence of malpractices was revealed as alleged against Dr. Kwame Adu-Nsiah.”

“No such evidence of mismanagement, impropriety
or misconduct was established by our inquiry against the interdicted National Coordinator,
Dr. Kwame Adu-Nsiah,” the report said.

Even though the committee indicated that it had
established acts of duplication, wrongful payment, error of judgment and
mismanagement of the programme in Sekyere East as reported by the National
Security Secretariat, it said those acts had nothing to do with Dr. Adu-Nsiah.

“We could not verify reports of impropriety
against the district chief executive … in increasing the number of schools
under the programme from 46 to 52, and recruiting six additional caterers
without the approval of the national coordinator,” it said.

“The minister and the interdicted national coordinator
had poor working relations that may have been caused by two issues that arose
between the two personalities before the minister’s appointment and assumption
of office. It led to mistrust and lack of confidence on the part of the
minister for the national coordinator,” the report added.

“Dr. Kwame Adu-Nsiah had good rapport with the
senior staff of the secretariat we met during the inquiry. We found out that
the acting national coordinator’s interdiction was unfortunate and unfair,”
according to the report.

It also said “the GSFP has competent senior
staff whose expertise, if well utilized, may help the leadership to manage the
GSFP more effectively.”

The report recommended that Dr.  Adu-Nsiah be reinstated and his entitlements

Interestingly, however, the same report asked
that given the state of relations between him and the minister, other options
be explored to ensure the smooth running of the GSFP, including “taking
measures to re-integrate Dr. Kwame Adu-Nsiah into the Trust Hospital (from
where he was seconded to the GSFP).”

Alternatively, the committee recommended he be reassigned to another institution within the public sector or “paying Dr. Kwame Adu-Nsiah a three-month salary in lieu of notice of the termination of his appointment as national coordinator of the School Feeding Programme in accordance with public sector conditions of employment and notice of termination.”

By Charles Takyi-Boadu, Presidential Correspondent