The bickering among the coordinators of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) in the Northern Region has been resolved amicably.
The National Coordinator of the Programme, Dr. Kwame Adu-Nsiah, and the Communications Officers of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection met on Monday, October 30, 2017, with the regional and the zonal coordinators of the programme in Tamale to address the impasse.
The bickering started when a vigilante youth group with affiliations to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), calling itself Burma Camp, locked up the Northern Region office of the Ghana School Feeding Programme because according to them, appointments of the officers were done based on tribal lines,
They maintained that until the positions were fairly distributed, the offices would remain sealed but responding to their concerns, the National Coordinator said they acted based on rumour and that it was at variance with the reality.
However, as part of the peace process, the seven zonal coordinators pledged their readiness to work under the supervision of the Regional Coordinator, Felicia Konaah Tetteh, and charged her to disabuse her mind from all the negative impressions she had held against them, the sector Minister and some National officers of the programme.
Madam Felicia Tetteh who initially expressed her outburst apparently due to the misconceptions she held, blamed her behavior on the lack of efficient information.
She maintained that she had nothing against any of the zonal coordinators and therefore called on them to be submissive and recognize her as their superior without any malice.
One of the zonal coordinators, Hajia Suraiya Manan, thanked Madam Felicia Tetteh for pouring out her frustrations and seeking clarification into some issues of concern.
She on behalf of the other zonal coordinators appealed to the Regional Coordinator to forgive them if they had wronged her in any way and equally charged her to open up to them to ensure a smooth working relationship and the success of the GSFP.
The National Coordinator of the GSFP, expressed his gratitude to the coordinators on behalf of the sector minister for putting the GSFP above their parochial interest.
He urged Madam Felicia Tetteh to disassociate themselves from all the faceless individuals who were trying to knock the heads of the Regional Coordinator and the seven Zonal Coordinators together on tribal lines.
Madam Felicia Tetteh prior to the meeting held the impression that the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba had deliberately appointed only Gonjas as Zonal Coordinators to undermine her authority and make it difficult for her to work.