About sixty-four percent (64%) of households in the upper West region are extremely poor, a report has indicated.
The report by the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) conducted last year reveals that out of 137,561 households in the Upper West Region, 63.83% which represents 87805.2 households fall within the “extreme poor bracket”. About 18.48% representing 25421.3 households are within the “poor bracket” while 17.69% representing 24334.5 households are within the noon-poor category.
The survey, which was conducted by the Ghana National Household Registry under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social happens to be the first phase to create a database of all poor households in the country, starting with the three Northern regions.
Presenting the findings at a GNHR Data Dissemination Workshop in the Upper West Region, the National coordinator for the Unit, Mr. Robert Austin explained that a total of 618,378 persons were recorded, out of which 296,101 were males and 322,277 females.
According to him, the indicators used in assessing the households include, house construction materials, source of lighting, toilet facilities, source of drinking water, household as well as agricultural assets.
Mr. Robert Austin explained that the proxy mean test was used and that his outfit worked in close collaboration with the Ghana Statistical Service to set the parameters for the survey.
He was of firm belief that with the success chalked in compiling the data of poor households in the Upper West Region, funding will be made available to conduct a national exercise.
The coordinator noted that the database will be made available to all the District Assemblies within the Upper West Region so as to help in the effective targeting of poor households for any social interventions either by government, non-governmental organizations or corporate bodies.
The Minister for Gender Children and Social Protection, Otiko Djaba said the data presents an opportunity for government to really access the successes chalked in the fight against poverty and the challenges involved in the implementation of pro-poor policies in the country. It will also help in proper coordination and planning to strengthen the social protection systems in Ghana.
The Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Amidu Ishaq was hopeful that the data would help address many important issues bothering on the socio economic status of the Upper West Region as well as facilitate policy formulation and implementation.