September 2, 2020 6:52 am
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison took her turn at the “2020 edition of Meet-the-Press series” at the Ministry of Information’s Conference Hall on Wednesday, 2nd September, 2020 where she briefed the media on the Ministry’s achievement and challenges from October 2019 to September, 2020.
The Sector Minister highlighted on four key thematic areas namely; the Ghana School Feeding Programme, Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty, (LEAP) Human Trafficking and Adoption and Foster Care.
Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison indicated that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection exits to ensure gender equality through the mainstreaming of gender considerations, promote the welfare and protection of children and also empower the vulnerable, excluded, the aged and persons with disabilities through social protection interventions to enable them contribute to national development.
The Minister announced that the Ghana School Feeding Programme currently provides 2,980,000 pupils in 8,683 public basic schools with one hot and nutritious meal for every school going day whiles adding that the programme has built the capacity of 9,178 caterers and cooks in 11 regions in innovative nutrition training to improve the quality of meals served to pupils.
In her presentation, the Minister indicated that five (5) cycles of LEAP cash grants were paid to 334,084 households to help smoothen their daily consumption, also a total of 1,451,656 extremely poor beneficiaries are on the LEAP register.
Other achievements chalked under the Ghana School Feeding Programme according to Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison includes the development of an emergency payment strategy for LEAP in the wake of COVID 19 Pandemic as well as the review and validation of the LEAP Communication Strategy.
The Minister stated that the Ministry trained 45 law enforcement officers with the aim of building their capacity to better help with the fight against Human Trafficking in Ghana.
“Ghana is currently on a Tier 2 ranking with the US Department of Labour (DOL) tier ranking, this shows that Ghana is making a significant effort to fight human trafficking”. she said.
She also announced that Government has released One Million Ghana Cedis into the Human Trafficking Fund to effectively combat the menace.
The Ministry according to Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison undertook series of community dialogues and sensitisations in efforts to increase awareness and education on Human Trafficking and irregular migration issues.
The Minister announced that the Central Adoption Authority has so far developed and operationalized in and inter country adoption application forms.
It has also developed accreditation and authorization forms and certificate for adoption agencies at home and abroad.
She further stated that the Ministry has provided 183 children with care and protection in the various homes across the country.
Also, the Ministry has supported 40 foster parents with food items to help them in this era of COVID-19 pandemic whiles building capacity of Eighty-nine (89) foster parents to enable them better take care of children under their watch.
On emerging issues on the inhumane treatment to alleged witches in some parts of the Northern Region, the Minister said the Ministry led a team comprising members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Gender and Children to assess the situation on the ground
“As part of the way forward, the findings of the team will be discussed with the relevant stakeholders and come out with a policy and strategies to address the issue.” She said.
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection said the Ghana National Household Registry seeks to collect data on the vulnerable in Ghana. This data she said will be useful for planning by the MMDAs, academia, NGOs/CSOs and other agencies in social development.
She said currently, there is a comprehensive data for the Upper West and Upper East Regions. Upper West and Upper East has data on socio-economic status of 137,565 and 184,125 households respectively whiles the Northern, North East and Savannah Regions have data on the socio-economic status of 140,000 households.
The Minister further announced that an emergency data was collected in six (6) hotspots areas in the Greater Accra during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown out of which 78,741 vulnerable individuals have been identified.
The findings she said have been disseminated to facilitate the provision of social protection services by Government and Non-Governmental agencies.
She assured all that the Ministry will continue to implement its planned activities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with the support from all stakeholders.
Source: MoGCSP