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STOP SENDING CHILDREN FOR FISHING IN THE SEA – OTIKO AFISA DJABA URGES PARENTS

 

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP), Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, has with a heavy heart, pleaded with the fishing community in the Senya Bereku not to sell their children off to strangers in other fishing communities to fish, instead, they should be sent to school which is their right and also to secure them a brighter future.


 She said, the community should take advantage of government’s provision of School Feeding Programme, and upcoming social intervention programmes such as the Free SHS policy, One District One Factory, One Million Per Constituency, to develop and improve their living standards
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She cautioned that, all parents and guardians caught trafficking or aiding to traffick children, would be sentenced to a minimum imprisonment of five years under the law without any recourse to leniency whilst, commending efforts made by the Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana Police and other organizations who are helping in arresting and prosecuting traffickers..
Ms. Otiko Djaba added that, her Ministry was ready to partner with parents, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations and opinion leaders in the societies to put a stop to this inhuman babaric modern day slavery that seems to be gaining foot especially in that part of the country.
According to the Minister responsible for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Government is bent on elevating Ghana’s status internationally with the fight against human trafficking and move away from the Tier 2 level has been in existence since 2015 to Tier 1 according to the U.S Government Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.
The Minister made these statements to commemorate and console with victims of human trafficking in Senya Bereku in the Awutu Bereku West District of the Central Region on the UN  Day against Human which is observed every year on 30th July. She said, government has adopted the 4P’s Strategy which is the Protection, Prevention, Prosecution and Partnership to help this “wicked, cruel, heinous crime perpetuated against humanity”.
The day which has also been dubbed “Blue Day” received a high turnout on the forecourt of the Fort Good Hope, one of the colonial habitats dotted along the coastline of the country where hundreds of Ghanaians were kept before being sold into slavery many years ago during the slave trade.

Other dignitaries present at the function included the Deputy Minister of Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Gifty Twum Ampofo, the Deputy Minister of Communications and Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Hon. George Andah and the Central Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service, Chief Superintendent Francis Palmdeti.
BY:

Gifty Amgborme

Snr. Insp.

Public Affairs

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