According to him though Ghana has chalked some success in reducing poverty, new poverty areas along the nations’ coast, including James Town, a suburb in Accra, posed a serious challenge to accelerating the gains made.Speaking after a closed door meeting with the World Bank President, Dr Jim Yong Kim, President Mahama said several efforts to reverse the trend have not been successful.
He suggested that immediate efforts should be adopted to help address the problem head-on.
“We have a few pockets of very poor communities particularly in the north who have been targeted and covered under the LEAP transfer cash programmes. We want to scale this up in fishing communities in the south that are developing as new pockets of poverty.”
President Mahama lamented that “our oceans have been overfished and despite efforts to reverse that situation, we have not been successful. To be able deal with this situation, we need some alternative sources of livelihood for them. and I’ve asked the ministers responsible for fishers and social protection to work together with your team to work to come up with a special LEAP programme targeting these fishing communities.”
Poverty in James Town
James Town is a predominantly fishing community with high levels of urban poverty.
Citi FM’s Nana Boakye-Yiadom visited the area in August this year and reported on the troubling situation in James Town and the consequences on the future of children in the area.
The report revealed that a lot of the children who lived in the area had dropped out of school to fish or sell while teenage pregnancy was also common.