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Extreme inequality hindering efforts to eradicate poverty in Ghana – Tijani Hamza

By Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, July 24, GNA – Extreme economic
inequality is a barrier to poverty reduction in Ghana, Mr Tijani Hamza, the
Country Director of Oxfam in Ghana has said.

He said Ghana had made tremendous progress in
reducing poverty in recent decades, however, its success had been uneven.

He cited that significant inequalities still
existed, especially between the south and the north, where majority of the
population lived on less than one dollar a day.

He said there was therefore, the need for the
government to increase its investments in selected areas of the economy such as
education, health and food security; which have the effects of closing the
inequality gaps.

He explained that once people were educated;
socially and economically they get better.

Mr Hamza made this disclosure in Accra in an
interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sideline of a day’s engagement by
Oxfam in Ghana with its partners and media organisations.

The workshop was aimed at enhancing
transparency around Oxfam’s relationship with its partners, especially civil
society organisations (CSOs).

Mr Hamza said the mission of Oxfam in Ghana
was: “working with others to overcome poverty and injustice”.

He said Oxfam in Ghana aimed to reduce poverty
and inequality by supporting, influencing and advocating around three
interconnected topics; agriculture, essential services and extractive industry
governance.

He noted that in 2015 Oxfam designed a new
country strategy, which was expected to run from 2015 to 2020; dubbed “A
Ghana with an improve quality of life, characterised by active citizenship,
shared, pro poor and sustainable growth in a just and democratic
environment”.

He said Oxfam in Ghana’s activities covers
Promoting Economic Justice, Food Security and Agriculture; supporting the
Extractive Industry Governance through CSOs strengthening engagement; so that
Ghana could maximise benefits from the extractive industry.

He mentioned that other areas were addressing
Inequalities in Ghana through enhancing access to quality services in education
and health for the poor.

 Mr
Hamza cited Governance and Active Citizenship, Gender and Humanitarian
Emergencies as cross cutting areas.

He said around the globe, Oxfam works to find
practical and innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and
thrive.

Mr Hamza said Oxfam in Ghana had invested
approximately GHC 14.5 million in its work for its financial year ending April,
2017 to March, 2018.

He said the investments were spread in three
key areas: Extractive Industry Governance; Economic Justice and Food Security;
and Addressing Inequality in Education and Health.

He said the economic justice programme aims at
ensuring that women, youth, and men, small-scale producers secure sustainable
and equitable food and agriculture policies, investments and services that
enhance their productivity, sustainability and resilience.

GNA

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