LESDEP Is Not For Charity –Deputy Minister

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From Samuel Mensah Torbizo,Kumasi

The Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (MLRD), Mr. Baba Jamal, has asked beneficiaries of the Local Enterprise and Skill Development Project (LESDEP), to disabuse from their minds that the programme is for charity.

He has, therefore, charged them to rather work hard with the equipment provided them to refund the cost involved in order to create room for others to benefit, since the monies used to purchase those equipment are revolving amounts.

“ It is disturbing that some of you (beneficiaries ) from the scheme conduct yourselves in a manner that runs contrary to the objectives of the programme ,thinking it is for charity hence you feel reluctant to pay back,” he noted.

According to him, this attitude amounted to complete denial to others the opportunity to benefit from this social intervention policy.

Mr. Jamal who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Akwatia in the Eastern Region, gave the warning in Kumasi when 250 trycycles assembled in Kumasi were given out to the LESDEP beneficiaries .

LESDEP, one of the social intervention policies being implemented by the government is to boost local enterprises.
The Deputy Minister, indicated that the payment system was made very flexible to enable the beneficiaries pay back within a short time.

He said, President Mahama led- administration was committed to working to improve upon the living conditions of the ordinary people.
Mr. Jamal disclosed that over sixty thousand (60,000) people, had already benefited from the programme and it was expected that by the close of this year about hundred thousand (100,000) beneficiaries would be put on it .

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Eric Opoku, who received the equipment on behalf of the beneficiaries, was grateful to the government for its commitment to the ordinary Ghanaians .

He expressed the hope that the LESDEP would go a long way to serve as a spring board to help alleviate poverty in the country.

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