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17.10.2008 General News

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By Daily Guide

Frema Opare ABOUT 17,850 households in 20 districts nationwide are expected to benefit directly from the Emergency Cash Flow of GH¢30 under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme for the next six months.

The amount is meant to mitigate some of the challenges facing beneficiaries and to empower them economically.

The Deputy Minister of Manpower, Youth and Employment, Mrs. Frema Opare Osei, disclosed this on Wednesday at a ceremony to pay direct cash to 118 beneficiaries under the Emergency LEAP programme at Owuram in the West Akyem District of the Eastern Region.

Mrs. Opare Osei explained that the package was part of measures under the LEAP programme which is in two forms: the Emergency and the Main LEAP, both geared towards empowering less privileged Ghanaians to come out from their economic difficulties.

The Minister said the amount, which would be dispersed for two years, could serve as a springboard to empower beneficiaries to enjoy other social services introduced by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

She mentioned the Capitation Grant, the School Feeding Programme and the National Health Insurance Scheme as some of the good policies introduced by the NPP administration, and urged beneficiaries to utilize the amount wisely.

Mrs. Opare Osei said the Programme, which started in 2004, had undergone long-term deliberations, adding that the disbursement of the cash commenced some three months ago.

She tasked beneficiaries not to regard the cash benefits as their only source of income but also work towards uplifting themselves from poverty; and  expressed government's continual support for the programme.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the area, Kwabena Sintim Aboagye, said the community had hitherto been denied its share of the national cake until the NPP assumed office, noting that the area now has electricity and other social amenities.

The MCE advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the money, and urged them to vote for the NPP in the forthcoming elections in order to enjoy continual development initiated by the government.

By Abubakar Salifu