Pickup car meant for “Planting for food and Jobs” rather used to carry coffin & gas cylinder


As the popular saying goes, “the right tool must be used for the right work”. However, this is not the case for a Pickup car meant for “Planting for food and jobs”.

The car was seen in town used to carry coffin and gas cylinder other than the purpose it was meant for.

The photo of the car after being shared on social media has since gone viral with people expressing disappointment in authorities using State properties for their personal use.

See photo below:

planting for food and jobs pickup

In related issues, myjoyonline has reported sometime back that about 50,000 metric tonnes of subsidized fertilizer worth $12 million meant for the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs program missing.

They were believed to have been smuggled to Burkina Faso and Togo, according to the report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Agriculture, (Food and Cocoa Affairs) on the financial estimates for 2019.

The report also observed that the allocation for 2019 to the Food and Agriculture Ministry for the purchase of fertilizer, was inadequate.

“Out of a total budget of GHȼ140, 930, 250.00 earmarked for the purchase of fertilizer for the year 2019, only GHȼ47, 726,216.80 has been provided for in the budget,” the report added.

The Committee was also informed that other funding sources would be sought by the Ministry to support this programme.

The Committee has, therefore, urged the Ministry “to ensure that the needed funding is sought to augment the shortfall and the needed efforts are made to curb the smuggling of fertilizer out of the country.”

Meanwhile, the issue of inadequate storage space was also captured in the report but officials of the Ministry informed the Committee about ongoing construction of 80 new warehouses to ensure adequate storage of crops in 2019.

The officials explained that out of the number under construction, 30 will be supported from the budget of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the remaining 50 would be funded by the Ministry for Special Development Initiatives.

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