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LEAP is encouraging laziness; scrap it- Murtala Mohammed
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Nathan Gadugah          Published On: February 15, 2013, 19:34 GMT
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LEAP is encouraging laziness; scrap it- Murtala Mohammed

Murtala Mohammed

A Member of Parliament for Nantong has called for the scrapping of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty which was introduced in 2007 to support the aged, disabled and the vulnerable in the society.

Murtala Mohammed said the policy is rather encouraging laziness in the country.

The policy was introduced by the erstwhile New Patriotic Party to reduce extreme poverty in the country.

Per the policy, the vulnerable, including the physically challenged and aged are given between ˘8.00 to ˘15.00 every month to sustain them.

Commenting on the policy during his vetting, the Upper West Region Minister designate Bede Ziedeng said the policy has to be re-strategised.

But speaking on the floor of Parliament on Friday, the Nantong MP is convinced the policy is less useful.

He later told Joy News’ Evans Mensah that nowhere in the world are monies doled out to people ostensibly to reduce poverty.

He said the monies given out monthly to these people are peanuts which cannot sustain them for a month, adding the monies can easily be channeled into development projects which could provide decent living to the beneficiaries.

Murtala Mohammed is convinced there has not been a single impact assessment programme several years after the policy was introduced, adding, if that assessment is done, it would be obvious that the policy would be scrapped.

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