Asokore Mamponghene Calls For More Support For The Aged

The Asokore Mampong Hene and Nifahene of Otumfuo, Nana Boakye Ansah Debra is appealing for more social services for the aged in his traditional area.

For him the more the aged are supported the more they feel welcomed to share their experiences with the youth. He made this known when Hon Nana Oye Lithur and his deputy Hon. Alexander Ackon paid a courtesy call on him on Tuesday.

The Ministers were in the Ashanti Region for a three-day working visit; as part of which relief items were donated to some affected flood victims. A total of 250 households benefited.Nana Boakye Ansah hinted to the Minister that he was impressed with how the government was supporting the flood victims, recounting the President’s visit, the Minister of Works and Housing’s visit and now the Minister of Gender’s visit to support the victims with relief items.

Nana amidst his observation, pleaded with the government to continue with its project on the affordable housing, which it started 7 yearsago. He noted that if that is done, his subjects will desist from building wooden structures on water ways.

He also appealed to the President through the Minister of Gender that once the Aboabo river is distilled, the debris should be collected and kept away from the river and possibly the area around the river be used for a recreational park.

“I believe that when this is done, jobs will be created for people and if property rates are increased, the monies raised could be used to cater for those who would work on the proposed park to be built”, he reiterated.

Nana Boakye Ansah appealed to Nana Oye that since she is responsible for women, children, the aged, youth and the vulnerable, she should do all in her power to help alleviate poverty in the traditional area. The chief expressed appreciation for the support from the ministry and appealed for more concrete measures to prevent future occurrence.

On her part the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur reiterated her government’s commitment to issues of women and children and the aged. She announce that the Ministry will soon roll out EBAN welfare cards for the aged in the Ashanti Region which will allow them pay a lesser fee for joining the Metro Mass bus and also prevent them from queuing at stations. She added that as part of the help offered, about 400 elderly will be registered for the NHIS.

She also extended her sympathy to the affected flood victims while assuring Nana Ansah of her government’s commitment to solving the challenges enumerated by the Chief, adding that her government is a social democratic and a listening government.


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