Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta told parliament days ago that all remaining funds for Planter for Food and Jobs for 2021 had been released.
The minister who was answering a question on the issue of financial authorization to MOFA to clear the large debt owed to partners and suppliers, revealed that his ministry had already released money to clear the unpaid debts.
“Mr. President, at the end of 2021, an amount of GH¢86.31 million was outstanding, under the PFJ program. This amount has now been remitted to MOFA for payment. This year, MOFA has requested a amount of GHC 485.90 million for payment under the PFJ Scheme An amount of GHC 278.57 million was then paid to MOFA,” Ken Ofori-Atta said on the floor of Parliament.
Unhappy Fertilizer Suppliers
But fertilizer suppliers under the government’s flagship Planting for Food and Jobs program dared the finance minister to be clear with his presentation on paying money to the ministry of food and agriculture. ‘Agriculture for certain unpaid debts.
They expressed reservations about his presentations in particular, the sector minister’s assertion that an amount of 278.57 million has been released to MoFA. these due partners and vendors have been insisting for over a year now that they have not received payment and that some payments are even late since 2020 from the implementing ministry.
Misquoted finance minister
Addressing this contentious issue, Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, in an individual interview on Peace FM’s morning show “Kokrokoo”, said that the Minister of Finance was misquoted and that the money had instead gone to the Comptroller and Accountant General.
“The Minister has been misquoted. It is not true that the funds were paid to the Ministry of Agriculture. They were paid to the Comptroller and Accountant General to be paid to MoFA, but that is not not the money we received There was a misquote the Minister should have been quoted as saying the amount of money was given to the Comptroller and Accountant General because we are not receiving money directly from the Ministry of Finance. We get it on his instructions to the comptroller,” he pointed out.
The government’s inability to pay fertilizer suppliers bankrupted the majority of these contractors, forcing their banks to chase them for their money.
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