Source: Ben LARYEA
The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) has called on government and African leaders to collectively work together by putting in place pragmatic measures to address the inequalities in the socio-economic development on all global resources for the continent.
GCAP have thus called on the United Nations (UN) to use its good office to fairly support African countries to enable the continent address its developmental challenges for economic growth and development as stipulated in the membership Carter of the organisation.
Consequently, the CSO have urged the leadership of the Africa Union (AU) to effectively address the challenges of poverty, conflicts, education, health, democratic governance insecurity among others which create setbacks particularly challenges that associated with the COVID-19 and the preparedness to deal with future pandemics.
According to GCAP, there are numerous challenges confronting the poor, marginalized and vulnerable people in Africa and have impacted negatively on developmental goals in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The National Coalition Representative of GCAP –Ghana, Mr. Benjamin Lartey made the call at an encounter with a cross section of the youth, women’s group, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), civil Society Groups (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Accra.
He outlined the challenges and called for an immediate attention and action by government and other related bodies working in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) space to address food insecurity, poverty, health systems, climate change, conflicts, unstable political governance, exclusion of marginalized and vulnerable people among others.
The National Coalition Representative of GCAP urged stakeholders in the Sustainable Development Goals space to use their good offices and work assiduously to address and meet the time lines for the African continent quest to benefit from the programmes spelt out in the SDGs.
He therefore urged corporate institutions in the country to support deprived communities that lack basic social and economic amenities to enhance the growth and development.
In a remark, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Janok Foundation, Jane Ameley Oku called on the citizenry to refrain from dumping of solid waste into drains as well as unauthorised places and explained that indiscriminate disposal of waste brings all kinds of diseases in the communities.
She however called on the public to segregate waste for easy collection, adding that when properly done, plastics, bottles and other waste materials can be recycled for commercial purposes and leads to jobs and wealth creation.
The Chief Executive Officer of Community Connect Network, Nana Adowa Agyeman Affrifah called for a global action against poverty and urged African leaders to prioritise health and education in the governance of their respective countries and empower women’s group to contribute to social and economic development.
She urged African countries to make provisions for women in the governance of their country and put in place policies and initiatives to support women to aspire to greater heights.