Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana and his wife, Samira Bawumia, on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, hosted over 1,500 itinerant porters, popularly called “Kayayei” and street children at their residence to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr.
The ‘Kayayei’ drawn from the Kantamanto, Mallam Atta, CMB, Railway, Agbogbloshie and Kaneshie markets, were served with hot meals and chilled drinks.
Vice President Bawumia, used the occasion to advise them to eschew social vices, despite their difficult circumstances.
He announced that “Operation Off the Streets for Better Life” is in progress. He noted the government through the ministry of gender and social protection, has started the Porterage Module, which would link women in rural communities to the government’s initiatives, intended target group, mapping of hotspot areas and identification of shelters across the regions, data collection, management and analysis, re-integration activities of children of school going age, skills training and sending persons with disability to rehabilitation centres.
He said, the measures would also include linking of persons on the street to technical and vocational institutions to acquire skills for employment and job creation.
Dr Bawumia, urged Ghanaians to give to the poor, because God admonishes every individual to do so.
“The joy on their faces was something to behold. Taking care of the poor and vulnerable in society is something God admonishes us all to do.”
President Akufo-Addo and his government, will continue to ensure that the ‘Operation Off The Streets For Better Life’ programme links persons on the street to technical and vocational institutions to learn skills for job creation and employment to help them get re-integrated into society.
Dr. Bawumia, has over the years hosted less privileged persons in society at his home on festive occasions.