October 11, 2018 8:51 am

Government is to roll out an intervention programme known as Ghana ‘National Productive Safety Network’ (NPSN) aimed at ensuring that beneficiaries under the various social protection interventions like LEAP will be assessed to determine those who are in good position to be exited and enrolled unto this new productive inclusion programme.

The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Gifty-Twum Ampofo revealed this at the Monitoring Exercise on the Ongoing 56th Cycle LEAP Payment to beneficiaries at Oboadaka, Otopayaw and Pokrom communities at the Akuapem South District of the Eastern Region.

The programme being sponsored by the World Bank, will be under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Local Government and Rural Development.

This new programme will include the various needy groups to ensure that the poor and the extremely poor are captured to benefit from the various social interventions, she explained.

The Ghana National Household Registry under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is responsible for this targeting.

So far, the Upper East and West have been captured while that of the Northern Region is about start.

It is projected that by the year 2020 the targeting will capture the whole country. Madam Twum-Ampofo said this new initiative is to ensure that no under-deprived, poor and very poor individual or household is hidden.

This is being done taking into consideration the issuance of the  Ghana Card, so that those who are in  need will be noticed and the appropriate intervention and assistance will be offered,  she further explained  .

She announced that so far LEAP’s coverage has been increased to about 50 percent of the underprivileged across the country adding that beneficiaries in the Eastern Region has increased to about 35 percent.

Two beneficiaries, Elizabeth America and Margaret Obeng both from Pokrom expressed their appreciation to the government and pleaded for the amount to be increased further.

Source: GBC Sunrise FM onlinenews