January 30, 2019 11:10 am

The government spends a total of GHȻ19 million every two months 2.6 million people drawn from 254 beneficiary districts under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP)programme.
To ensure that only people who fall into the beneficiary category of LEAP stay on the programme, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has begun a nationwide re-certification process to assess the economic status of beneficiaries who are on the programme.

According to the sector minister, Mrs. Cynthia Morrison, the move was to enable the ministry to assess the impact of the programme on beneficiary after many years of its implementation in order to pave the way for others to be enrolled onto the programme.

Mrs Morrison noted that at the end of the assessment, which started in January and is expected to be completed in June 2019, beneficiaries who would be identified to be above extreme poverty would be exited from the programme to enable new vulnerable individuals to be enrolled onto the scheme.

The Leap is a social cash transfer intervention that provides money and health insurance for
extremely poor households, the vulnerable, including orphans and elderly men and women, who
cannot work.

Mrs. Morrison, who disclosed this during a familiarization visit to some LEAP beneficiary communities in the Gomoa East District in the Central Region, stated that the LEAP was not lifetime and that beneficiaries who through the support were better off now than before would
give way to new people to benefit from the programme.

The minister and some officials of the ministry were accompanied by the Gomoa East District Chief Excutive, Mr. Solomon Darko Quarm and the Member of Parliament for the area, Mr Kojo Asemanyi. she explained that those who were currently beneficiary but were extremely poor would still be on the programme since their living conditions had not improved, noting that the ministry’s main priority was to put in place the necessary policies and programme to entirely reduce poverty among vulnerable groups in the society.


Mrs. Morrison, who is also the Member of Parliament for Agona West, indicated further that the ministry was poised to ensure that beneficiaries would wean themselves off the LEAP support so that could lead dignified lives in the society.

She pointed out that the main aim of the government was to put an end to the situation where beneficiaries always relied on the bi-monthly financial support for survival but rather ensure that the vulnerable engaged in income generating ventures to better their lives.
She noted that the government was spending so much on them so it was important for them to properly use the amount received to address some of their basic needs to improve their living conditions. She admonished them to appreciate whatever amount they received since government was financially overstretched to increase the amount each beneficiary was currently receiving.

For his part, Mr. Asemanyi, appealed to the ministry to take immediately steps to increase the number of beneficiaries in the district since only 236 people were benefiting from the programme in the area.

He stressed that the number of beneficiaries in the district was woefully inadequate considering the vulnerable people in the district and, therefore, called for an expansion of the programme to cover more communities in the district.

Source: Daily Graphic