Assemblies urged to support the implementation of Household Registry exercise

By
Samuel Adadi Akapule

Bolgatanga, Aug. 30, GNA –  Metropolitan, Municipal and District
Assemblies (MMDs) have been urged to support the implementation of the Ghana
National Household Registry (GNHR) exercise which has started in the Upper East
and Upper West Regions.

The GNHR is under the auspices of the
Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), and was formally
launched in October 2015. 

The exercise, which is expected to be
replicated nationwide after the successful implementation of the exercise in
the three northern regions, would be a registry of all households in Ghana.

Mr Robert E. Austin, the National
Coordinator of the Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP), who said this at
a stakeholders’ forum, called on the stakeholders including all the thirteen
Municipal and District Chief Executives and Coordinating Directors in the
Region to support the implementation of the project.

The forum was also attended by the Regional
Minister, his deputy, the Regional Coordinating Director, a team from the
Ministry of MoGCSP and the World Bank.

The forum was to brief the stakeholders on
the benefit of the GNHR and to solicit their support in the implementation of
the project.

The National Coordinator said the GNHR
Project which is being funded by the World Bank in collaboration with the
Government of Ghana would facilitate the identification of extremely poor and
vulnerable households.

“Data from the Registry will be used for
social intervention programs such as LEAP, Free Health Insurance, Labour
Intensive Public Works (LIPW), Ghana School Feeding Programme, and the Free
School Uniform Programme among others”, Mr Austin said.

The exercise would coordinate the different
social protection interventions and provide data to all the Ministries,
Departments and Agencies that may need data in their respective endeavours as
well as serve as data for development partners who want to help in the
development process of the country, he said.

Mr Austin said 390 Enumerators and 180
Community Focal Persons would be engaged in the Upper East Region to help
collect data for the GNHR and the Districts would be tasked to assist in the
recruitment of personnel to undertake the exercise which is supposed to
commence fully in January 2017 and complete in October 2017.

Mr Mawutor Ablo, the Director in charge of
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of the MoGESP, said the GNHR would help in
facilitating a more effective and efficient social protection system that had a
good potential of contributing to the progress already made in the poverty
reduction strategy of the country.

“The GNHR will require the support of all to
succeed. Ghanaians must respond to the call to participate in the registration
exercise to enable the delivery of a credible Single National Registry that
will inure to the benefit of all”, he said.  

Mr Albert Abongo, the Regional Minister,
pledged the Regional Coordinating Council’s support of the implementation of
the project and said as one of the poorest regions in the country, it needed
more social protection systems to help bridge the poverty gap.

He called on all the thirteen Municipal and
District Chief Executives and the District Coordinators to pay special
attention to the implementation of the project.

GNA

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