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Bawku MCE attributes high poverty level in Bawku Municipal to protracted ethnic conflict

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The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Bawku, Hamza Amadu, has attributed the high poverty levels in the municipality to the long-standing ethnic conflict in the area. According to the latest multidimensional poverty statistics from the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC), 23.6 percent of the population in Bawku Municipal live in multidimensional poverty, with an average intensity of 44.8 percent.

This translates to a Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) of 0.105 for the municipality. In a national ranking of 261 districts, Bawku Municipal stands at 108th in terms of the percentage of the population living in multidimensionally poor households. Within the Upper East Region, it ranks second out of 15 districts, indicating a high level of poverty.

Speaking to A1 Radio during a regional dissemination of the multidimensional poverty index in Bolgatanga by the Ghana Statistical Service, the MCE mentioned the significant impact of the conflict on the socioeconomic well-being of the residents.

“I am not surprised at all because, in the last two and a half years, the municipality has witnessed a prolonged conflict, and this has caused a lot of problems for us, thereby leading to those high indicators in terms of levels of poverty,” he stated.

Nonetheless, Mr. Amadu said the government, through the municipal assembly, is putting in measures aimed at reducing poverty among residents of Bawku. Among these initiatives mentioned include the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), the SOCCO project, and the Ghana Productive Safety Net, where community members provide labor for the construction of physical projects and are paid GH¢30.00 per day.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Joshua Asaah|Bolgatanga|Ghana

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