As part of government’s support to victims of the recent flood disaster that rocked the nation, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with its partners have donated various relief items to about 250 victims in the Asokore Mampong Municipality of the Ashanti Region, who were affected with the disaster.
The items which were made up of mattresses, gallons of cooking oil, bags of rice and tin tomato pastes was distributed to the victims by the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, when she undertook a three day working visit to the Ashanti Region.
She was accompanied by her deputy, John Alexander Ackon and other offiicails of the ministry.
Speaking at a ceremony to donate the items, Nana Oye said each of the 250 households will receive a bag of rice, mattress, a blanket, a gallon of cooking oil, cans of tomato paste and school bags for the children.
“The Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection would once again like to thank all who in diverse ways have complemented Government efforts at mitigating the effect of this disaster”.
She the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection through its Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) programme has been leading the fight against extreme poverty.
“Through this, Ghana became the first country in Africa to attain MDG1, by reducing extreme poverty rates by half”.
According to the minister 8628 households in Ashanti are currently on the LEAP programme. An amount of 522,462 Ghana Cedis is paid to these households during every cycle of payment.
The Ministry, she said is undertaking a targeting exercise to select 60000 more beneficiaries to add up to the current 90000 beneficiary households.
“5656 households in Ashanti will be added to the current number of beneficiaries. Indeed, the LEAP programme has impacted positively on beneficiary households. Many more children stay in school, and the local economy of beneficiary communities are improving”, she added.
According to figures released by the National Disaster Management Organisation, (NADMO) more than 150 people lost their lives. NADMO figures further reveal that the June 3 flood disaster did not only affect Greater Accra but four other regions including the Ashanti Region. 1,486 persons in Ashanti were affected.
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