LEAP to cover 100,000 households by end of year
The Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme will be extended to cover 100,000 households by the end of the year.
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, made this known during a tour of Jamestown and Chorkor in Accra yesterday.
During the tour, the minister disbursed LEAP funds directly to beneficiaries.
She used the platform to interact with beneficiaries to get to know of their concerns with the LEAP programme.
The LEAP programme is the flagship of Ghana’s National Social Protection Strategy administered by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection under the Department of Social Welfare.
It is also a government social intervention programme designed to ensure cash transfer to the poorest households in Ghana.
The programme is aimed at empowering the extremely poor, disadvantaged, disabled and vulnerable populations.
Nana Lithur, who was welcomed to Jamestown by an enthusiastic crowd, told the 104 beneficiaries that 72,000 beneficiaries of the programme would receive cash transfer payments ranging from GH¢96 to GH¢180 per household from October 14 to October 18, 2013.
She also said the payments being made would cover a four-month period.
Beneficiaries at Jamestown thanked the minister for her direct involvement in the disbursement of funds and urged her to increase the fund allocations.
They also requested for the prompt release of LEAP funds.
At Chorkor, where 161 households are expected to benefit from the LEAP programme, the residents urged the ministry to invest part of the LEAP funds in deprived communities.
Nana Lithur promised to visit the community in the near future to interact with the residents to ascertain their challenges.
She assured the beneficiaries that her ministry would cooperate with the people to develop the communities.
Currently, the LEAP programme makes a bi-monthly payment of GH¢24 per beneficiary, GH¢30 per two beneficiaries, GH¢36 per three and GH¢45 per four.
By Franklin Badu Jnr/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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