Engage Now Africa (ENA), an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), has called for a comprehensive approach in the fight against modern slavery in Ghana.
According to ENA, the comprehensive approach would require that government consulted broadly, ensuring that all stakeholders involved are brought on board.
Mr. David Kofi Awusi, Director of End Modern Slavery, a project initiated by ENA to fight the menace, made this call in Takoradi.
He was speaking at the launch of a manual to facilitate the implementation of the project.
The manual entitled: “Saving our pearls of the future: A resource manual on End Modern Slavery”, would serve as a guide to stakeholders in the implementing the project which is aimed at eradicating modern slavery especially, child prostitution, child labour and forced marriage.
“Today, of the 2.4 million children aged 5-17, 1.86 million of them, representing 21%, are victims of child labour.
“This is in addition to the 49,000 children working on Lake Volta of which 21,000 of them are engaged in hazardous child labour”, he said.
“This is a great concern to us at Engage Now Africa and hereby call on the government of Ghana to adopt an all-inclusive approach in combating this modern slavery”, he said.
He said though both the Children’s Act of 1998 (Act 560) and the Human Trafficking Act of 2005 (Act 694) condemn child labour and human trafficking and make them illegal, the menace was still rife in the country.
He, therefore, urged government to step up its efforts by bringing on board all stakeholders to fight the canker.
The Deputy Western Regional Minister, Mrs. Gifty Eugenia Kusi, commended ENA for embarking on such a crusade and reiterated government’s commitment to the fight, adding that the project would compliment government’s effort.
The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Director of Social Welfare, Mrs. Deborah Kwabia, said cases of child trafficking were very high in the Jomoro District therefore more attention should be given to that district.
She said the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) was putting up an integrated social center and when completed, part of it would be used as refuge grounds for victims of child trafficking.
The Paramount Chief of Essikado-Ketan, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, on his part, urged all stakeholders involved in the fight to work assiduously to eradicate the canker permanently from the Ghanaian society.
Source: Marlvin-James Dadzie