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Issue directive for effectiveness of Gender Ministry - Parliament

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The Joint Committee of Gender and Children and Employment, Social Welfare and State Enterprises made the recommendation in its report in the 2013 annual estimates of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.

The committee observed that the broadened mandate of the ministry required that all funds that supported social protection activities as well as projects under the Department of Social Welfare and the National Council for the Disabled be brought under the new ministry.

It said there were also challenges regarding the alignment of departments and units ceded to the ministry and stated that it was only an administrative directive by the President that could ensure smooth transition of projects and activities.

On the disabled in the country, the committee said although there were about five million disabled persons in Ghana, only GHC8 million was allocated as support for their livelihood.

That, according to the committee, translated into GHC1.60 per person adding that to make a meaningful impact, there was the need to seek further funds to support them or increase their share of the District Assemblies Common Fund.

Earlier, the sector minister, Nana Oye Lithur had moved the motion for the approval of GHC38,596,470 for the activities of the ministry for the 2013 fiscal year.

She was seconded by the Chairperson of the Committee on Gender and Children, Mrs Juliana Azumah-Mensah, who read the report of the committee.

Moving the motion for the approval of GHC41,670,827 for Ministry of Information and Media Relations, the sector minister, Mr Mahama Ayariga, said the ministry would continue to ensure the free flow of relevant information in pursuance of the transparent and accountable governance policy.

It would also continue to effectively and efficiently monitor and evaluate public responses to government policies, programmes and activities in addition to providing timely feedback to the government.

Story by Emmanuel Adu Gyamerah