213,044 households to benefit from LEAP

Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection

Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection

A total of 213,044 households across the 216 districts of the country will benefit from the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) set to be disbursed for the month of May and June 2017.

Scheduled to be redeemed between  July 31 and  August 4, beneficiaries of the programme would be paid electronically using the e-zwich platform provided by the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS).

At the 49th LEAP payment cycle to disburse funds in Accra yesterday, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba said, her outfit has designed what she called a “productive inclusion policy” to assist beneficiaries of the programme to be engaged economically.

The non-monetary assistance, she said, comes in the form of transfer of skills in the areas of basket weaving, beads making, processing of sheabutter, tailoring, hairdressing, secretarial services among others.

She said through this initiative, “the LEAP will effectively become an economic conveyer belt” to lift beneficiaries from poverty and ultimately assist them exit the programme.

For their remunerations, a single member household beneficiary takes GH¢64, two member household beneficiaries receives GH¢76, three member household beneficiary GH¢88 and a four or more member household will be eligible to GH¢106.

The LEAP is a government of Ghana social protection policy designed to address extreme poverty and to reduce the suffering of the vulnerable and disadvantaged persons by supporting them with a bi-monthly doll out to assist them meet their basic financial needs.

Ms. Djaba said it was extremely important the country moved with the economically and socially disadvantaged in helping the less privileged to attain their nutritional, health and socio-economic needs.

She said government has a social contract with the people which demanded that the interest of the poor and vulnerable was given premium concern with an objective to reduce inequality and empower the people to reduce hunger and eradicate poverty by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The LEAP, she said was helping to create an inclusive society which is socially responsible and responsive to the needs of its disadvantaged and most vulnerable.

To her, “the LEAP cash transfer is not just about beneficiaries receiving monies but a great opportunity for the payment exercise to be used as fora” where beneficiaries will talk about their consumption habits and discuss health issues.

Ms Djaba advised the beneficiaries not to pay any fees to redeem their monies and urged them to report any agent who would demand service fee to the relevant authorities.

 By Julius Yao Petetsi & Beryl Deiba Armah   

 

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