The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), on Thursday donated food items to 400 aged persons in Osu, Adabraka and Asylum Down communities, all in the Greater Accra Region.
The items, which include maize, rice, palm oil, cow leg and cooked food, were donated to assist the aged in the celebration of the Homowo festival.
Presenting the donation, Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of MoGCSP, said the gesture formed part of the ministry’s support programme for people above 65 years old.
She said the Homowo festival was a period when families come together to promote peace and reflect on social and development issues.
Nana Oye Lithur stressed that “We assist them with these items, so that they will feel part of the celebration. This is a time that when they are given little help, it will make them feel that they are part of society.”
She said the ministry was strengthening the legal and policy framework to tap into the knowledge and experience of the aged to help bridge the gap between the aged and the youth.
According to the minister, 25,000 people have been registered to benefit from the urban elderly welfare card, which allows the aged to access public transport at half the fare and also receive preferential treatments at banks and hospitals.
Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary aspirant for Klottey Korle constituency, commended the aged for working hard and sacrificing for the development of the country, and advised the youth to respect the elderly.
By Joseph Edu Archison and Benedicta Ampadu Okyere