THE Department of Social Welfare has presented a number of bicycles to boost the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) and the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in selected beneficiary communities in the Ahafo-Ano North District.
Communities that benefited included Mango, Mobbing, Kyekyewere, Katapei, Ankaase, Suponso and Sikafrebogya.
The rest were Boagyaa No. 1, Olumankrom, Boagyaa No. 2, Pokukrom, Jacobu, Alhassankrom and Dotaem.
The Deputy Ashanti Regional Director of the Department, Mr Anthony Agyemang, who made the presentation on behalf of the department, said the two programmes were very dear to the heart of his outfit.
He noted that any programme that was pro-poor must be supported to enable it achieve its goals.
Mr Agyemang commended the district assembly for supporting the two programmes.
He asked the beneficiary committees to use the bicycles for the purpose for which they were donated.
The District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr David Addae Amankwah, noted that the two programmes were components of the National Social Protection Strategy.
He said the government was doing everything possible to eliminate the use of children in cocoa production because the practice tended to ruin the future of the children.
Mr Amankwah said mobility was an essential element in facilitating the work of the committee members.
Consequently, he asked them to make good use of the bicycles donated to them.