The government has been asked to ratify the rights of people with disabilities and older people.
African Social Protection Platform (APSP) Board Member, Mr. Jeleel Odoom, who launched the call, said it would help bridge the gap between access to social security and health needs and the ability to meet those needs.
He said the African Union (AU) only needed fifteen countries to ratify the protocol and Ghana had yet to do so, which was very worrying.
Mr. Odoom made the remarks during a 2-day national workshop organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation in partnership with the African Union (AU), APSP and Civil Society Platform for Social Protection-Ghana in Accra yesterday.
Organized with the aim of promoting a rights-based legal framework for social protection in Africa, the national workshop brought together actors from the government sector, civil society organizations (CSOs) and other international figures.
According to Mr. Odoom, social protection is essential because it is a means of solving the problem of inequality in society, hence the need for citizens to understand the basis of it.
“Social protection is the right of every citizen. We are talking about what makes inequality non-existent in society. This is why it is important to ratify the current protocol to the African Charter on the Right of Citizens to Social Protection. “said Mr. Odoom.
Mr. Odoom went on to note that the country had formulated several laws and policies in the past two years on social protection, but it was not enough to solve the problem of social protection and social security.
He also called on the government to make resources available to the appropriate agencies to ensure that the equity gap in social protection was closed and to ensure that the tenets of the provisions of the laws were implemented. .
Meanwhile, Program Coordinator of FES, Ghana, Mr. Ebow Mensah, in a press conference, said that the workshop provided FES, Ghana with an opportunity to bring together all relevant stakeholders to discuss and ensure that citizens are aware of the protocols.
In addition, Mr. Mensah explained that as a means of monitoring the implementation by governments of the recommendations made by the FES, he engages the various parliamentary committees to access the progress made. ‘
Mr. Mensah indicated that the outcomes of the workshop would be shared with key institutions concerned to improve and promote social protection in Ghana and Africa in general.
In his remarks, the Chief Social Affairs Officer of the African Union Commission, Mr. Lefthoko Kesamang, commended Ghana for being the first country in Africa to ratify the Protocol on the Right of Citizens to Protection social and social security.
Going forward, he urged Ghana to ratify the protocol on the rights of persons with disabilities and the rights of the elderly.