The Honorable minister for Gender Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba, was in the Mfantseman district to monitor the 48thCycle LEAP Payments. Prior to her final stop at the Ndasiman community, she paid a curtesy call on the Central Regional Minister and the Municipal Chief Executive of Mfantseman.
In her speech to beneficiaries gathered at the Ndasiman pay point, the minister explained the essence of investing the LEAP grant into productive businesses; she stated that, social protection programmes should not be considered as handouts but rather economic levelers that provide an opportunity for each beneficiary to thrive.
The desired outcome of the LEAP programme is to graduate every beneficiary out of extreme poverty into a state of self-dependency. In line with, the LEAP Plus initiative based on the framework of productive inclusion has been designed to assist LEAP beneficiaries or caregivers with the innate desire to work and be productive. This assistance is non-monetary but rather a transfer of skills that reflects the capacity of the local economy. This training includes but not limited to; basket weaving, beads making, processing of shea butter etc. She explained that the LEAP plus initiative will effectively become an economic conveyor belt.