Single National Household Registry: The Panacea for Poverty Reduction in Ghana
- Published: Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:27
Ghana made history as the first country sub-Saharan Africa to achieve the Millennium Development Goal one of reducing poverty by half long before the 2015 deadline set by the United Nations. In spite of this great stride, poverty remains a major challenge in Ghana, specially, in the rural areas.
Government Statistician, Dr Philomina Nyarko recently indicated that overeight million Ghanaians are poor with more than two million of the number living in extreme poverty. According to the Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS6), even though most regions in Ghana showed a reduction in poverty incidence since 2005/2006, the pattern of poverty by region remains the same.
Sixty years after independence, it is not acceptable for these huge chunks of citizens of a country blessed with a lot of natural resources to be wallowing in abject poverty.
Fortunately for us, governments (past and present) have put in place a lot of policies and programs that are aimed at eradicating poverty in all forms in our beloved country. Prominent among these policies and programmes are the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP); Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW), the exempt category of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) among others. However, these programs do not seem to be making the desired impact on the poor and vulnerable in our country.