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We need to effectively monitor social interventions – Minister

By
Edmund Quaynor, GNA 

Koforidua, July 24,
GNA – The Minister of Gender, Child and Social Protection, Ms. Otiko Afisah
Djaba, has underlined the need to effectively monitor the implementation of the
various social interventions introduced by the government to achieve the
intended outcomes.

She indicated that it
was important to go the extra mile to make sure that the right people
benefitted.

She said this during
an engagement with members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Social
Protection in Koforidua.

Her Ministry has been
allocated GHȼ250 million in this year’s budget and out of the figure GHȼ200
million would go into the School Feeding Programme and the rest for the
Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) and the other interventions.

Ms. Afisah Djaba
sought to use the platform to lobby the parliamentarians to increase the
budgetary allocation to her ministry to reach out to more people. She said to
ensure transparency, Members of Parliament (MPs) would now be informed of the
disbursement of LEAP in their constituencies to enable them to closely follow
the process.

The decision followed
complaints by the MPs that they had been excluded from the implementation of
the programme.

Ms. Afisah Djaba
pointed out that the interventions to empower the poor and vulnerable in the
society were investments – helping to improve the purchasing power of the poor
and make them important players in the nation’s economic development.

She spoke of the
determination of her ministry to get the Affirmative Action Bill re-submitted
to parliament for passage into law.

She announced that it
had submitted a proposal to Cabinet to waive the fee paid for birth
registration of children between one and 18 years.

Mr. Alexander Kwamina
Afenyo-Markin, MP for Efutu, called for strong engagement of the sector
ministries with the Parliamentary Select Committees to get laws passed that met
the aspirations of everybody.

Ms. Comfort Doyoe
Cudjoe Gyansah, Deputy Minority Whip, appealed to her colleague MPs to pass the
Bill on Affirmative Action when it was brought to the House to give all the
opportunity to actively participate in national development.

GNA

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