The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignitious Baffour Awuah, has said that, Children must not be found in the work space.
He said as children, they have the right to grow as children to be in good health, stay in school and be prevented from situations that expose them to hazards.
According to him, Ghana has made a lot of gains in the fight against child labour through the formulation and implementation of policies and regulations. These include the 1992 Constitution of the country, the Children’s Act, the Humanitarian Trafficking Act, the Labour Act, the National Plan for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Cocoa (NPECLC) Labour (NPA1) among others.
He further explained that, the country has put in place child development, social protection and economic empowerment interventions to support the less privileged families and their children to help improve their living conditions and to prevent them from the possibility of pushing their children into child Labour.
These he said includes; Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE), the Free Senior High school, the school feeding programme, and the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP).
The Minister made these assertions at the public launch of the ‘one hundred million campaign’ to protect children in Ghana, at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).
The Campaign was aimed to withdraw 100 million child labourers out of the global estimated of 152 million child labourers worldwide from all forms of work especially hazardous ones.
According to him, to ensure and to consolidate the gains made under NPA1, the Ministry, together with its key partners, have developed and secured Cabinet’s approval for the implementation of phase two of the National Plan for the elimination of worst of child labour (NPA2) with the goal of reducing child Labour from its present rate of 21.8% to 10%.
The effective implementation of the plan, which is expected to be launched in April, the Minister said would require more concerted efforts from Ministers, Parliamentarians, Traditional Leaders, Religious Leaders, Teachers, Media, CSOs and many others.
He further noted that, the Ministry has Set the ball rolling by allocating GHC5000,000 of its 2018 goods and services budget, representing about 13% towards implementation of the NPA2.
Hon. Baffour Awuah therefore encouraged all stakeholders to emulate these examples by contributing in any small way they can to these worthy course.
Meanwhile, he said, the Ministry in collaboration with its tripartite constituents and the key stakeholders are also working hard towards ratification of the forced Labour Protocol and other relevant international instruments aimed at protecting children.
Source: Sammy Adjei
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