Education think-tank, Africa Education Watch is demanding the prosecution of persons accused of misappropriating funds meant for the school feeding programme.

It is also asking government to make public the reasons for the termination of the appointment of the National Coordinator of the programme, Gertrude Quashigah.

A copy of a letter dated May 18, 2021, signed by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Sarah Adwoa Safo, ordered Mrs Quashigah to leave office effective immediately.

The letter thus directed her to hand over any official documents or property in her custody to the Chief Director of the Ministry.

“You will be paid one month’s salary in lieu of notice as stipulated in your contract agreement,” the letter sighted by said.

But commenting on the development in an interview with Starr News, the Executive Director of Africa Watch, Kofi Asare stated that officials accused of making payments to caterers who were not serving meals must be questioned and prosecuted if found culpable.

“There have been allegations that made in the media specifically by a newspaper called the Hawk in the past two weeks and I’ve been following the publication. We’ve actually commenced verifying some of the allegations made especially in the Yilo Krobo, Somanya area where caterers alleged to be from 22 schools were paid amount of money for cooking when in actual fact there was no cooking. So while we were in the process of calling on the Gender Minister to investigate this allegation then the letter emerged. Nothing has been done about the allegation, we need to see an investigation being instituted by the Ministry of Gender to verify the allegation that has been made and ascertain people who may have been involved in the corrupt practice if so determined by the investigations and prosecutions made to deter others from repeating similar actions.”