August 20, 2018 2:23 pm

As a continuation of the commemoration of the World Day Against Human/Child Trafficking, The Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection in collaboration with Hon. Betty Mensah Krosbi, MP for the Afram Plains North and Hon. Samuel Kena, DCE for Kwahu Afram Plains, organised a Community durbar over the weekend at Bridge Ano- Afram Plains North District.

Due the Ministry’s commitment to end Human Trafficking (HT) in Ghana, the decision to hold a community sensitisation in Afram Plains North District was because the area has been classified as a receiving community. A confirmation of this is the fact that out of 190 children who were rescued in fishing communities along the Volta Lake in 2017, 75 came from the various Islands within the Afram Plains enclave.

In a statement read on her behalf by Mrs Victoria Natsu – Executive Secretary of the Ministry’s Human Trafficking Unit – our Outgoing Minister, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba expressed that Ghanaians could not continue to pretend that they are not aware of the dangers of trafficking.
“We, as a Nation, have lived with this phenomenon especially child trafficking for too long, so NOW is our opportunity for all of us to take collective and individual action to SAY NO to human/ child trafficking. The sad and painful stories of modern-day slavery, people of Afram Plains are real and we, you and I, must help STOP Child Trafficking NOW”, the outgoing Honourable Minister admonished.

The Ministry of Gender is implementing a grassroots community-based approach through intensified anti human trafficking awareness raising campaigns in our communities, with outreach programs at identified hotspots, documentaries and advocacy programs within the trafficking prone communities to prevent trafficking of persons especially children.

Collaborate with the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection to win this war against Human/Child Trafficking – a Crime against Humanity.

For her part, The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Afram Plains North constituency, Betty Nana Efua Krosbi Mensah said that children of Afram Plains deserve the right to education and that it is totally wrong for anyone to deny them that right. Her comment comes in the wake of boat masters allegedly using children in the area for fishing while others trafficked them instead of encouraging them to be in school.

She said children in Afram Plains are very intelligent and brilliant and believes that if they are given equal opportunities like children in Accra and other urban cities in Ghana they would excel.

On the issue of teenage pregnancy, Betty Nana Efua Krosbi Mensah said available statistics indicate that they placed Second.

She said also that there is lack of teachers in the class rooms in the area and it is worrying that people are not motivated to be in the classroom.

“We have a total of 573 communities, if you go to the Ghana education service right now, the basic schools in Afram Plains do not add up to 130 so the remaining communities what happens to them”?

She appealed to the government and civil society who are interested in the wellbeing of the children of Afram Plains to come to their aid as MPs resources are limited.