Tuesday, February 26, 2008

LEAP is our own money

A discerning reader contributes to media discussion about LEAP:

LEAP is our own money

Daily Graphic, Tuesday, February 26, 2008. Page 9 (Features)

Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), according to proponents, is to cater for those who fall under a dollar a day, those who are considered extremely poor, orphans, or those who are 65 years and above, or those with severe disabilities, etc. According to them, GH¢8 and to GH¢15 or even more willed be doled out to such groups every month for this upkeep.

This programme came under heavy criticism, especially from the main opposition party, the NDC. They saw it as a ploy by the ruling administration to buy votes in the nest election. Other says that the said money could be invested in productive ventures so that the poor could make a living on their own.

Listening to these arguments, I would like to ask a few questions. When was the money meant for the exercise realised? Was it in 2007 or before the? Jesus said, the poor will continue to be with us, meaning they must be catered for always. When did the ruling administration realise that there are poor people who need attention? Is this programme better late than ever?

Well, whether good or bad, the money is for us Ghanaians, therefore those who receive the money should not see it as a favour done to them or thank those who give them money. This is because the gesture is a duty neglected by the leaders of our government for too long.

S.K. Arthur


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