March 21, 2019 3:28 pm

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison has said that the perfect combination to help greatly in the fight against child trafficking was ‘effective education and parental control’. According to the Honourable Minister, it takes proper education on the issues related to children and the efforts from parents to end issues affecting children especially the case of child slavery.

Hon. Cynthia Morrison made this known when she paid a surprise visit to the chiefs of both the Tongor and Dzemeny communities in the Tongo Constituency of the Volta Region.

The visit to the communities started off the Three-Day Working Visit of Hon. Cynthia Morrison in the Volta & Oti Regions to attend to matters of the Ghana School Feeding Programme.

The unannounced visit to the Chiefs, Fishermen and People of Tongor and Dzemeny was for the Gender Minister to get first hand information and ascertain at a personal level of the Sector Minister, issues related to child slavery in the communities since they are found along the Lake Volta.

Addressing the communities, Hon. Cynthia Morrison explained that Ghana, and especially communities along the volta lake were portrayed negatively by the international community (following CNN’s latest reportage on child slavery along the volta lake) and therefore, there was a need to meet and collaborate with the chiefs, parents and even the children to completely end child slavery in all its forms.

The sector Minister passionately noted that Ghanaian children deserve to be identified in society.

“We should Let our Children go to school to be identified and enlighten on all the issues that pose a threat to their development,” she said.

“We are building Ghana for our children. I am here for the child that belongs to Ghana and not a political party. The nation comes first before anything else, and I will make sure that in my power of a Minister I deliver to it perfectly,” Hon. Minister concluded.

Hon. Cynthia Morrison also visited the lake side where she further interacted with fishermen and some children to whom she distributed some food items. She promised to hold a dialogue for the communities where chiefs, parents, children and all the people will express their concerns and make also suggestions on using best approaches to fighting child slavery across the Lake Volta.

Source: MoGCSP

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