- The minister advised them to focus more on making the lives of people better
- She stated that such groups need to closely interact with the people in the communities they work
- She therefore asked them to focus on their core mandates
The minister of Gender, Children and Social protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, has admonished non – governmental organizations (NGO’s) and Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) to focus on their primary objective in order to better affect the lives of people in the communities they work.
These comments came when she addressed selected CSO’s and NGO’s in the Volta Region.
The objective was to interact with stakeholders connected to her ministry, in a bid to have knowledge of their tasks, and the progress made in achieving them.
She stated that they had to deal with their own problems, so to organize workshops at which they take tea, and have no meaningful impact in society, was not the best way to go.
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The minister wondered why decision makers had to enjoy the comfort of board rooms and other niceties when people, whose lives they were expected to positively impact, were far off, and dueling with penury every day.
She believes that Ghana is well equipped to deal with issues relating to social protection, and as such it was time these groups, as well as ordinary citizens, did their bit to assist those who are helpless and sidelined.
She again requested that NGO’s should devote resources to their core mandate, so that more can be achieved in as little time as possible.
This, she believed, could be achieved if such group were on the ground, and collecting firsthand information about the plight of citizens.
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