Suppliers of uniform to schools threaten to picket over unpaid arrears

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The National Association of Institutional Suppliers says that because the government won’t pay them all of their outstanding debts, they will go ahead with their planned picket.

The government owes the association, a major supplier of house dresses, school clothes, and uniforms to senior high schools throughout Ghana, two years’ worth of arrears.

The association issued a 14-day ultimatum to the government on January 18, 2024, threatening to withhold payment or risk the wrath of its members.

The government hasn’t paid the arrears, though. In an interview, the association’s public relations officer, Emmanuel Ayivor, stated that they will announce the picketing date when it becomes available.

“We are proposing to picket on February 26, the last Monday of the month, and we will sit there until they pay us. We will converge at the Makola market and let the mothers know that the government is refusing to pay us for the uniforms that their children are wearing. What the government is doing is collapsing our business.” This is what we will do if we don’t hear back from the government after the 14-day ultimatum.