It Is About Poverty Not Partisanship

February 20, 2018 2:20 pm

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba has cautioned contracted enumerators for the GNHR data collection exercise to deliver their mandate being devoid of any partisanship since poverty has no colour and wears no party. “Your work demands that you register households that qualify to be captured for the data collection of vulnerable households living in extreme poverty, but not for you to be making entries of people belonging to the same party as yours or restrict others because they do not belong to your party”, she said.

The sector Minister added that the data collection of extreme poor households is about getting a clear, concrete, accurate and specific particulars of people living in abject poverty to be beneficiaries of social interventions programmes. it is not the platform for everybody to be on but only for eligible households. Therefore, there shouldn’t be biases by enumerators when collecting the data, she said.

Hon. Otiko Djaba was speaking at a training session held in Tongo – Talensi District – by the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) for enumerators of the impending data collection of poor households in the Upper East Region. The Minister was in Talensi to monitor training given by the GNHR staff of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to enumerators ahead of the data collection exercise in the Upper East Region.

The training was to educate enumerators on processes, rules and regulations, and provide adequate guidelines for a successful exercise.

Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba entreated them to be fully committed to the task ahead and contribute fairly to the work of Government as Ghana is making great strides at reducing poverty and move the country beyond aid.

The Minister further stated that enumerators were the linking point between GNHR and eligible households, hence, the need for them to display proper courtesy and professionalism in the delivery of their duty.

In her conclusion, the Minister encouraged participants to be part of this great opportunity for the advancement and betterment of our beloved country. “Please do a good and fair work, GOD and Ghana shall be proud of you”, the Minister said.

Mr Christopher Boabil Somiteyen, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Talensi, who accompanied the Gender Minister to the training session, also appealed to enumerators to be fair-minded during the exercise. The DCE pledged his full support in the success of the data collection exercise in his district and promise to be available to offer services when called upon.

The data collection exercise in Upper East, which comes second after a successful completion in the Upper West Region, forms part of the GHNR mandate of producing a single database of extreme poor Households in Ghana for accurate implementation of social interventions targeted at the poorest and vulnerable households across the nation.