The Country Director of a non-governmental organization, SEND-GHANA Mr George Osei- Bimpeh says political actors must not be given the opportunity to head poverty intervention programmes by the government in order to sustain poverty eradication efforts in the country.
According to him, political actors do not accomplish poverty eradication in the country when they are put in service delivery because of their personal interest. Adding to that he said political consideration takes away the noble idea of seeking to reduce poverty.
His comments come in the wake of President Akufo-Addo’s statement at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly re-echoing his government’s efforts to eradicate poverty from Ghana.
Reacting to the comments of the President on Starr FM, Mr Bimpeh called on the government to make technocrats heads of poverty intervention programmes to sustain poverty reduction efforts in the country
”Under no circumstances should we continue the arrangement where political actors manage poverty reduction interventions in this country. There are technocrats who have the technical expertise who can manage social protection programmes so well and I think that we have to undertake a planned shift in terms of how we go about poverty reduction to put a lot of power in the hands of technical people so that they can drive the poverty reduction agenda. Often times, it is driven by political actors and that has a bearing on how efforts will be sustained or not”.
He also described as problematic the way government has been approaching poverty eradication in the country.
”The way we have been approaching poverty reduction in the country is problematic because we don’t have sustained efforts at reducing poverty. Any change of government comes with a different approach and it seems we do not have a national agenda as to where the country wants to get to in the future”.
He futher indicated that :There are certain people who can be capacitated economically through social intervention programmes so that they can be taken out of the bracket of people who we can describe as vulnerable groups so that they can be on their own and compete in the market place like any other person. But it requires sustained effort like capitalizing them, mentoring and providing economic support to live independent and dignified lives”.