As part of the government’s effort to enroll 150,000 more people onto the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme nationwide, 30 Community Focal Persons have been trained for the newly-selected 30 communities in Wenchi.
The training, among other things, was to equip the participants on their roles as Focal Persons in these beneficiary communities.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Wenchi, Dr. Prince Kwakye Afriyie, addressing the participants during the training, called on them to complement the government’s effort to bring assistance to beneficiary households.
He said there were some orphans and vulnerable children, people with severe disability without productive capacity or support, aged 65 years and above in the communities living in abject poverty, and could hardly get a two-square meals a day, hence the coming in of the LEAP.
Dr. Kwakye Afriyie emphasised that the programme, among other things, would improve the health and education needs of the aged and children respectively.
He advocated that the citizenry must take advantage of the Nana Addo-led social interventions such as the introduction of the Free Senior High School and Capitation Grant among others, to enhance their livelihoods.
He asked the Public Information Campaign team to step up sensitisation in order to get the actual target group to be enumerated for the support.
The Municipal Director for the Department of Social Welfare, Mr. Benwarwick Akum, explained that the beneficiaries would be supported with a fixed amount, depending on the number of eligible members within the household.
He indicated that one beneficiary will receive GH¢64, two beneficiaries GH¢76, three beneficiaries GH¢88, whilst four and above will receive GH¢106.
Mr. Akum tasked the Community Focal Persons to also serve as advisors to beneficiaries of the fund, so that they could also start small trading with the money.
He cited examples of people who this bi-monthly income had succeeded in turning their fortunes around, adding that some have been able to rear livestock and also started some petty trading with it.
Mr. Akum promised the members that the public information campaign team would visit the selected communities to hold community forums and durbars to throw more light on expansion onto the programme.
The Municipal Director of the Information Services Department, Mr. E.D.K. Tottimeh Jnr., asked the focal persons to help the enumerators identify the required people to register as beneficiaries of the scheme.