GOVERNMENT has earmarked GH¢38 million to be spent on the aged under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme (LEAP) this year.
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, who announced this at Ngani Witches camp in the Yendi municipality, disclosed that GH¢24 million out of the amount had so far been released to the beneficiaries during the first and second quarter.
This, she said was part of government’s effort to alleviate the suffering and burden of the aged in the country, particularly those in extreme poverty.
Nana Oye presented a number of assorted items to the inmates of the Ngani witches camp and some elderly persons and dependents during her visit to the Northern Region.
The minister said that a total of 90,000 households would be benefiting from the project in the country.
She said over 400 inmates of the Ngani witches Camp in the Yendi municipality had been enrolled unto the LEAP programme.
Nana Oye further indicated that, 89 inmates of the Gambaga Witches Camps were already benefiting from the programme.
She said “the increase of the amount to the beneficiaries over the years, is a clear testimony of the promised to reduce poverty among the poorest in the country.”
“One innovation that the government is bringing to tackling poverty is specially targeting vulnerable persons who form 84 per cent represented by 2,100,000 of the country’s population,” the minister stated.
The minister said as a result of the government’s commitment in realising the dream, all the public orphanages, leprosariums and witches camps were being brought on board.
Nana Oye said the ministry was working hard to ensure that all those who needed support, were indeed captured.
She said the fight against poverty in the country was a collective responsibility, hence the urgent need for all, especially opinion leaders, chiefs, government and relevant agencies to realize the goal.
Nana Oye had earlier on presented assorted items to some elderly men and women as well as some children at Nadundo a farming community in the Mion District.
A total number of 12, 206 people are currently benefiting from the LEAP programme in the Northern Region.
Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Ngani