The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba, has revealed that government’s free SHS is a significant tool to eradicate poverty in Ghana thereby contributing to improved livelihoods among Ghanaians.
She said this today April 4, 2018, during a one-day sensitization workshop for MMDCEs in the three regions of the north held in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale. The event was organized by the Secretariat of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) program. The Minister explained that, education is crucial in the fight towards poverty eradication thus the free senior high school is keen in achieving this objective. Madam Otiko mentioned that, poverty is not for Ghanaians but rather a disease to Ghanaians which needs to be eliminated and for that matter the introduction of the LEAP program. She said, the program currently has over 213,044 beneficiary households across the 254 districts in the country which translates into about 937,904 individual beneficiaries.
The Gender Minister underscored the need to support the LEAP program saying, the new direction of the LEAP program is in accordance to the vision of President Nana Addo and his government to build a Ghana beyond aid. In a related development, the Northern Regional Minister Hon Salifu Saeed has implored all MMDCEs to consolidate their successes and take the LEAP program to a greater height by working closely with stakeholders of the program to address the challenges faced by the program. Hon. Salifu Saeed recounted the importance of the sensitization workshop stating that it would enable MMDCEs to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills on the LEAD program. “As MMDCEs you need to possess knowledge and skills on LEAP program and have clarity of their roles and responsibilities in order to be able to discharge your duties towards a successful implementation of the LEAP program in your respective areas” He urged.