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Four hundred households in Awutu-Senya to enjoy LEAP

Awutu-senya (CR),
July 31, GNA – Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba, the Minister of Gender, Children and
Social Protection, says more than 400 households in Awutu-Senya have been
hooked on to benefit from the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP)
this year.

According to the
Minister, the move to list some households in the District, especially in the
Awutu-Senya Township, was to reduce poverty confronting certain parents who are
compelled to indulge in selling their children into slavery. 

Madam Djaba announced
this at a ceremony to mark the World Day against Human Trafficking at
Awutu-Senya in the Central Region.

It was the theme:
“Stakeholders, Let Us Unite to end Human Trafficking; Take Action Now”.

She gave the assurance
that under the Government, led by President Akufo-Addo, the chiefs and people
of Awutu-Senya would be empowered economically to improve their living
standards.

Madam Djaba said
special human development programmes, aimed at improving living conditions,
would be rolled out soon to provide vocational and technical skills training
for women at Awutu-Senya to help them become self-reliant.

She stated that the
Ministry, in collaboration with Non-Governmental Organisations and other
security agencies, rescued 105 children on the Volta Lake who were about to be
transported to fishing communities by some unscrupulous persons.

Madam Djaba said 600
children were also prevented by the security services from being sent into
slavery to do fishing, which was against the right of the child.

She stated that 40
perpetrators, allegedly arrested for engaging in human trafficking and other
child-trafficking acts, were awaiting prosecution and cautioned parents and
others involve in those crimes to stop before the law catches up with them.

She advised parents
not to allow poverty to force them into selling their children for only 30 and
40 Ghana cedis that could prevent the education and the general wellbeing of
the child.

Madam Djaba said the
parents would not have room to complain for non-payment of fees now that basic
and high school education were going to be free from next academic calendar,
which begins in September this year.

Neenyi George Andah,
the Member of Parliament for Awutu-Senya West, and Deputy Minister of
Communications, called on students to form anti-human trafficking clubs to
enable them to be abreast of the issues and the dangers of child-trafficking.

He urged parents and
guardians to take full advantage of the “Free Senior High School” and other
social interventions being implemented by the Government to reduce poverty.

Neenyi Andah assured
the people of Awutu-Senya that government was committed to constructing a
landing wharf at Senya to create jobs and halt migration of the youth.

Mr Charles Owiredu,
the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said the
Ministry had received numerous phone calls from Ghanaians, especially young
women, who had travelled to Gulf States to seek greener pastures and were being
ill-treated.

He cautioned members
of the public to be vigilant in order not to fall prey to those pranks.

Other Speakers were Mr
Ato Cudjoe, the Deputy Minister of Fisheries, Mr Stephen Kwame Quaye, District
Chief Executive for Awutu-Senya West, Dr Emma Hemanoo, Lecturer at Social Work,
University of Ghana, Neenyi Kwamena Nkwanta II, Acting Omanhene of Senya
Traditional Council, and Mr James Kofi Annan, Chief Executive Officer of
Challenging Heights, a Non-Governmental Organisation.

GNA

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