The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, has cautioned caterers who are rendering services for the School Feeding Program to stop inflating their contract figures to enable the ministry have a smooth relationship with them.

According to her, contracts that are inflated can never escape the microscopic lens of the Ministry, noting that when that happens, it delays payment since the Ministry would have to re-run checks on all invoices submitted for payment.

“It takes time to get the reconciliation from the Ghana Education Service. Somebody might say that I have cooked for 165 days but the head teacher in the Implementing Committee has to agree and then we have a total number of pupils. You might say that you cooked for 400 pupils. Sometimes they inflate the figures and this delays payment”, she noted.

She made this observation, Thursday, on the sidelines of a parliamentary engagement where she was made to provide answers to questions relating to head porters, Affirmative Action Bill, payments to the elderly and the School Feeding Program.

Commenting further on the issue, the Ministry has a very robust system in place to detect invoices that are inflated, cautioning that such acts are criminal and once detected, are referred to the law enforcement agencies to investigate.