Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) Cynthia Morrison has said, the ministry is looking forward to paying the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) beneficiaries through mobile money to ease the stress of receiving cash.
She made these assertions when she supervised payment to 120 LEAP beneficiaries at Agona Nyakrom in the Agona West District of the Central Region.
The beneficiaries received payment for the month of June and July as a social intervention which serves as a measure to reduce poverty in the country.They received an amount between GH¢64.00 to GH¢140.00 per month
According to the Minister the brain behind the decision to pay them through Mobile money was due to difficulties beneficiaries go through before getting their monies from the banks.
She further noted that, next payment would be done through mobile money.She assured that steps were being taken for the Ministry to reach out to all beneficiaries.
The Minister also stated that, her Ministry was pursuing aggressive policies and programmes to ensure that beneficiaries of LEAP continued to enjoy better life for it to reach out to other less privileged people in the Society.
The Ministry is also considering giving vocational and technical training skills to LEAP beneficiaries for them to establish their own businesses to enable them become self-reliant.
According to the Minister, discussions have gone far with development partners to look for startup capitals for the beneficiaries to embark on income generating ventures.
The purpose, she noted, was to assist beneficiaries to improve on their living standards to pave the way for others to also enjoy the programme.
Mrs Morrison said the Ministry would also start giving training on financial management and others by the newly established “Business Resources Center” (BRC) at Agona Swedru for sound management of finds.
Paa Kweku Eshun|Talksafrica.com