Former First lady,Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings believes the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) program will breed laziness amongst people and also create an avenue where people will siphon tax payers money which will not be accounted for.
The Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty started a trial phase in March 2008 and then began expanding gradually in 2009 and 2010. As of July 2013, the program had reached over 70,000 households across Ghana with an annual expenditure of approximately USD20m. The program is funded from general revenues of the Government of Ghana (50 percent), donations from DFID and a loan from the World Bank. It is the flagship program of Ghana’s National Social Protection Strategy and is implemented by the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP).
The leader of the National Democratic Party, Nana Konadu Rawlings believes the program is an avenue for some government officials and their cronies to siphon money from tax payers without participating and also breed laziness amongst Ghanaians.
According to her, it is not prudent to be giving money out to people because it will prevent them from working for themselves.
” Giving people handouts every month will breed laziness. People will not be encouraged to work but just register with this program so that they can get money. I believe this program will also be an avenue for some persons in Government and their cronies to siphon monies from the tax payers without it been accounted for,” she said.
Nana Konadu called on the Government to have a rethink of the program.