Accra – Tuesday, June 15, 2021: The Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS) collaborated with the Ministry of Finance to brief the media on progress made with the implementation of the Ghana Employment and Social Protection (GESP) Programme.
The GESP is an integrated programme being implemented by the Government of Ghana with funding from the European Union (EU). The programme is aimed to enhance social protection services for vulnerable population groups and to generate decent employment opportunities with particular attention to the youth and to contribute to inclusive growth in Ghana by strengthening social protection and employment systems in the country.
The Chief Director of the OHGLS, Mr James Oppong-Mensah acknowledged the immense support of the EU. He said, some office supplies including furniture, air conditioners, vehicles motorcycles and IT equipment have been made available to the Service as part of implementation of the GESP. Additionally, he indicated that the programme made available funds to support the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection and the OHLGS to implement and institutionalise effective coordination mechanisms at the national and decentralised levels.
He pledged the commitment of the OHLGS to ensure that the results in all arears will be achieved within the expected programme execution period and also urged stakeholders to double their efforts and energies to ensure a successful implementation of the project notwithstanding the associated challenges of COVID-19.
The Ambassador of the European Union Delegation, Diana Acconcia noted that the programme was designed to support the country bridge the poverty gap and to strengthen social protection interventions.
Representatives from the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and the Association of Ghana Industries were present and responded to the questions and issues raised by the media.