School feeding cook fired over allegedly poisoned corn-dough

A local cook has been suspended by the Bono Regional Secretariat of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) after a large amount of poisoned corn-dough was found in her home.

Since then, the GSFP’s Bono Regional Coordinator, Mrs. Doris Asomah, has instructed caterers to make sure that cooks hired for the programme retained their food supplies and prepared meals in the beneficiary schools rather than cooking them from their homes.

On Friday, October 6, 2023, it is said that the chiefs and residents of the agricultural hamlet of Wawasua awoke to find a quantity of poisoned corn-dough in the home of the local cook hired to prepare and supply meals at the Wawasua Municipal Assembly Basic School in the Sunyani Municipality.

Nana Aben Sumunkum, the Chief of Wawasua, confirmed the story to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Wawasua and, therefore, called on the Police to investigate the matter.

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The Ghana News Agency (GNA) received confirmation of the story from Nana Aben Sumunkum, the Chief of Wawasua, who then requested that the Police look into the situation.

The cook then stated that the “bloated” corn-dough, which had been sent for additional inspection, was exclusively intended for family usage and not for the GSFP, the GNA learned.

Mrs. Asomah called the occurrence “unfortunate” in a media interview and stated that the cook involved had since been suspended while the investigation was ongoing.

She warned individuals who disobeyed the rule would face the appropriate consequences and emphasised that the initiative did not let caterers and their cooks to prepare meals from their houses.

Mrs. Asomah stated that the event had been officially reported to the National Secretariat of the GSFP by her office, and she urged the Wawasua neighbourhood and the impacted school to cooperate while the secretariat handled the situation.

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