Right to Information (RTI) Coalition has held a sensitisation programme to educate people in the Twifo-Hemang-Lower-Denkyira (THLD) District of the Central Region on the modus operandi of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme.
The sensitisation programme dubbed: “Promoting Access to Information on the LEAP programme,” was to broaden the knowledge of the public on how much money is being committed into the programme and how beneficiaries are selected among others.
Addressing the people at Twifo-Praso on Friday, May 26, 2017, the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam (AEE) District Coordinator of RTI Coalition, King Ralph Osei-Agyemang, observed that a lot of people have erroneous impression about the implementation of the programme, hence the need to equip them with the right information.
He explained that monies being used for the LEAP belonged to the people hence the need for them to demand accountability.
The district coordinator also bemoaned the delay in passing the RTI bill which has been in Parliament for the past 13 years although the constitution guarantees in Article 111 that every citizen has that right.
He noted that many beneficiaries on the programme were being cheated due to the lack of knowledge hence the sensitisation to enable them stand up for their rights.
“We’ve also had complaints that monies supposed to be disbursed for the needy are being shared to party supporters in some areas. This is why we are doing this sensitisation so that you know how to qualify and how it works,” he stressed.
He expressed the hope that more people would be educated by the end of the programme so that they can in turn bring more people on board to benefit from the programme.
Social Welfare Coordinator in the district, Mr. Kwesi Kwakye, appealed for the expansion of the programme so that more people can benefit in the district.
According to him, some of the challenges facing his outfit (who are the managers of the LEAP programme) include the lack of access roads to the beneficiary communities in the district and poor internet network connectivity in some communities which make payment to beneficiaries with the Ezwich machine difficult.
However, he noted that economic activities in some beneficiary communities have been revived since many people who used to be dependent on others can now cater for themselves with the payment they get from LEAP.
Mr. Kwakye therefore, appealed to government to make replacement of deceased people on the programme swift to enable a lot more people to benefit.
He disclosed that many communities will benefit from the sensitisation to ensure that Ghanaians have enough information in order to demand accountability when the need arises.
By: Magdalene Abrobrah, Twifo Praso, Central Region