Members of Parliament have appreciated success being registered in the Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment (SAGE) programme in Kyankwanzi district.
MPs on Social Protection Forum, Gender Committee and officials from the ministry of Gender who are implementing programme in which government provides a monthly stipend of Shs 25,000 to the poor elderly aged 65 and above, visited the district on Friday last week.
The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Kyankwanzi, Deo Kasumba told MPs that since the introduction of SAGE in his district in February 2012, a total of 6,024 older persons have been enrolled with the majority being women at 3,207 and 2,817 men.
“For the last 15 years we have had many of these old people building relatively decent iron sheet houses for themselves, establishing shops and many other activities out of savings made from the Shs 50,000 given bimonthly,” Mr. Kasumba said.
The officials from Kampala visited an 80 year old man who has put a small shop out of savings from the SAGE programme.
MPs also visited another old man who constructed 2 room ordinary house using the savings from SAGE programme.
The government with mainly support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) has disbursed Shs 7bn in Kyankwanzi district.
The Deputy CAO stressed that the programme has resulted to increased uptake of health services, education and improved food security in beneficiary households.
The Chairperson of Social Protection Committee in Parliament, Jacob Opolot (Pallisa county) and Gender Committee Chairperson Alex Ndezi now want government to roll out the programme to all the 116 districts.