The National Food Suppliers Association has reaffirmed its commitment to picket at the premises of the National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) if their outstanding arrears spanning two years remain unpaid.
Following a meeting with the Minister of Education to discuss their demands, the association remains resolute despite NAFCO’s assurance that plans are underway to secure funds from the Finance Ministry for payment.
In an interview with Citi News, Kwaku Amedume, the spokesperson for the National Food Suppliers Association, emphasized that empty promises would not sway them.
Amedume revealed that the agencies responsible for settling the arrears have consistently made empty promises to the association’s members. Frustrated with this continuous cycle, the association can no longer tolerate such assurances.
“For the past two years, this has been the story we keep hearing: promises to organize funds, release funding, scheduling meetings at 10 o’clock. We have gone through these processes and promises, yet we find ourselves in the same situation. We cannot be satisfied until we have our money in our hands. We lack trust that these funds will actually be paid to us,” stated Amedume.
He further highlighted the devaluation of the funds owed to them due to the delay, expressing the association’s urgency to receive payment rather than empty promises.
It is worth noting that on AU Day, May 25, the association issued a 14-day ultimatum to the National Food Buffer Stock Company, demanding payment for the eighteen months’ arrears owed to its members. Failure to meet this deadline will result in a picket at the Buffer Stock’s premises until the outstanding amounts are settled.
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