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Food Suppliers Association to picket Food Buffer Stock over arrears

The National Food Suppliers Association has announced its decision to picket at the premises of the National Food Buffer Stock Company on Tuesday, June 13, 2023.

The decision stems from outstanding debt owed to members of the association.

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On May 24, 2023, the association announced its intention to picket the premises of the National Food Buffer Stock Company, should the government fail to pay monies due our membership in 14 days, effective the date of the press conference.”

The National Food Buffer Stock Company was on June 8, 2023, reportedly served notice of the intended picketing in a statement signed by Kwaku Amedume, the spokesperson for the association.

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The picketing is expected to start at 8:30 GMT to 5:30 GMT.

Below is the full statement:

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We write to bring to the attention of ALL MEDIA HOUSES and the GENERAL PUBLIC, that, we intend to picket within the premises of the NATIONAL FOOD BUFFER STOCK COMPANY on Tuesday, 13th June, 2023.

The membership of the NATIONAL FOOD SUPPLIERS ASSOCIATION arrived at the unfortunate decision to picket at the said premises because it members are yet to receive any positive feedback from the Government or its agencies, as to, how and when they would be paid for supplies made in 2021/2023 academic year.

This follows the earlier Press Conference we held on the 24th of May, 2023 in which we intimated to you, our intent to picket on the premises of the National Food Buffer Stock Company, should government fails to pay monies due our membership in 14 days, effective the date of the Press Conference, 24th May, 2023.

Leadership has accordingly, and in true compliance with the Public Oder Act, written to the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, by way of notice, on Thursday, June 8, 2023.

The Deputy Regional Police Commander, in a meeting with the leadership of the National Food Suppliers Association, indicated that they are unable to provide security for us because of personnel and logistical constraints. He advised we reschedule our picketing to the month of July because June is fully booked for a series of demonstrations and picketing.

We wish to state without equivocation, that, we have complied with the requirements of the Public Order Act and that, we will picket at the said venue as planned, starting from Tuesday 13th June 2023, within the hours of 8:30 GMT to 5:30 GMT and we will resume the next day until we are paid in full.

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