GENDER MINISTER PAYS WORKING VISIT TO THE UPPER EAST, NORTHERN REGIONS

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, has paid a working visit to the Northern and Upper East Regions to observe the impact of the social protection interventions that government is implementing.

The visit was to monitor the 44th cycle of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) payment exercise being conducted nationwide, with an expected 33,091 beneficiary households in 13 districts of the Upper East Region and 43, 251 beneficiary households in all 26 districts of the Northern Region.

LEAP is a social protection programme which continues to reduce poverty among the extremely poor in Ghana.

The Ministry, through the LEAP Programme, is implementing an emergency LEAP programme in 4 districts-Talensi, Bongo, Builsa South and Bawku West of the Upper West Region where a total of 3, 042 persons affected by floods, windstorm and rainstorm that severely affected these districts and worsened their plights have been identified and registered in 59 communities.

The affected persons are expected to receive GH100 each for 3 months between September and November 2016.

LEAP 1000, which is targeted at pregnant women with children less than two years in extremely poor households, is also being implemented to improve their living conditions.

The Gender Minister observed a similar exercise at Googo in the Bawku West District.

She urged the beneficiaries to improve their quality of life, access to education and provide good nutrition for their children when they receive the cash.

At Bayawaya in the Mion District of the Northern Region, where Mrs Lithur observed a cash payment exercise, she assured the people that all logistics problems leading to the delay in issuing their monies were being addressed.

The Minister later announced at the Gbalahi Chief Palace that school feeding would be introduced in the Sagnarigu district very soon.

She donated pieces of cloth, scarves and food items to the elderly and children in the communities.

Source: Government of Ghana.