Leap Programme Committee Inaugurated (UW/R)

The Nandom District Assembly has inaugurated a ten member District LEAP Implementation Committee (DLIC) drawn from the various relevant stakeholders to oversee the smooth implementation of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme for the benefit of targeted persons and groups in the district.


In his inaugural address, the District Chief Executive Hon. Cuthbert Baba Kuupiel stated that 2,737 targeted groups from thirty-seven communities would benefit from the LEAP programme in the district.


The Hon. District Chief Executive explained that the purpose of the LEAP programme is to offer assistance and provide a safety net for the poor individual households and marginalized groups in society to be able to make a meaningful living. He said, they fall within the category of the extremely poor older people who are 65 years or over, persons with severe disability or functional limitations and are without productive capacity and also caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children under 18 years of age who are single or double orphans, chronically ill or those whose parents’ whereabouts are not known.


He said the government is so much concerned about the vulnerable people that the cash transfer to them has been increased to an amount ranging from Gh¢24.00 as minimum and Gh¢45.00 as maximum per month to ensure that the grant was enough to make an impact on household level consumption. He made a passionate appeal to the committee to work diligently to ensure that the right targeted individuals and households are selected to benefit from the programme.


The District Social Welfare Officer Mr. Gilbert Boi enumerated the critical role of the members of the DLIC for the success of the programme in the district to include reviewing and coordinating the various activities by way of sharing information on the progress made on LEAP and reporting the problems, monitoring the performance of substructures by way of verifying information on the registration forms, and carrying regular visits to beneficiary communities or households to find out whether they have received payments regularly.


It also include the sensitization, training and regular update of the relevant stakeholders on the DLIC on implementation and their responsibilities to enable them disseminate accurate data and information to the beneficiaries and the general public on LEAP Programme to make the needed impact on the lives of the people to drastically reduce poverty in society.


Source: ISD (Titus Tadoh)


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