Chief condemns child slavery

Nii Krotea indicated that the menace was rampant in Bortianor, Aplaku, Kokrobite, Oshiyie and parts of the country due to poverty.

“These innocent children are ferried on rivers to engage in fishing for their masters and sometimes they lose their lives and are buried without the knowledge of their parents,” he told The Ghanaian times on the sidelines of a campaign launched in Accra on Friday, to end child trafficking.

Nii Krotea said there was the need to put in place educational programmes to suit specific demands in society, stressing that, “we all cannot function within the same timetable because our needs differ”.

He stressed that “those who do fishing in the Western world for instance are well educated people but here in Ghana we don’t create the enabling environment in our schools for children in such communities to learn the skill and take it up when they grow”.

Nii Krotea stressed that “If a child goes to school and what he learns has no effect on the child and how he gains a direct job or skill to earn an income in future, then certainly people won’t respond and the country loses out’, he said.

He urged stakeholders to ensure the holistic development of children through education, saying, “as traditional rulers we are not only interested in the cultural development of our people but also the human capital development”.

Nii Krotea advised parents to support their children to attain greater heights in life and become responsible adults in society.

He asked the assemblies to assist the security agencies to clamp down on perpetrators of child slavery and trafficking.

A 2013 study conducted by the International Labour Organisation and the government of Ghana revealed that 49,000 children in country worked in the fishing industry along the Volta Lake, while the Global Slavery Index estimated that more than 190,000 Ghanaians lived in conditions of modern slavery.

Consequently, the Anglican Diocese of Accra and the United States Embassy in Ghana have launched a five-year strategic plan, to positively respond to the increasing rate of child trafficking in the country and protect the rights and freedom of children.

By Abigail Annoh         

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