The Oguaa Traditional Council has expressed its determination to clamp down on the activities of children who roam the streets of the Cape Coast metropolis at night.
The Council said it would work in collaboration with the police, the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA), hotels and drinking bar operators to prevent children from engaging in any form of social vices.
Osaberima Kwesi Atta II, Paramount Chief of the Oguaa Traditional Area, said this in reaction to a comment made by the Central Regional Minister, Mr. Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, about the increasing rate of child prostitution in the Cape Coast metropolis, at the launch of this year’s Fetu Afahye last Friday.
This year’s festival which would be climaxed on Saturday, September 5, is on the theme, ‘Nurturing the younger generation to take up the mantle of leadership’.
Osaberima Atta said the Council would seek the prosecution of hotel and drinking bar operators who entertained children on their premises.
He said the future of children in the metropolis ought to be guaranteed, in order for them to contribute meaningfully towards the development of the town.
He observed that the way pupils of school-going age roamed the streets of the town, continued to affect their performance at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
Osaberima Atta II, therefore, appealed to parents to support the initiative of the council by inculcating in their children the right values that would enable them to lead upright lives.
A senior lecturer at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Dr. David Essaw, who delivered the keynote address, urged the leadership of Cape Coast to nurture the current youth with the needed knowledge and skills for them to contribute towards the development of the area.
He explained that people with improved knowledge and leadership skills, had what it took for them to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of their families, communities and their country, while those with limited or no skills were liabilities to their families, communities and the nation.
“When this happens, the blame is often placed on their leaders who failed to nurture them well to take up responsible positions in the society”, he said.
Dr. Essaw, who is also a New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary aspirant for Cape Coast North, called for the adoption of a holistic approach that would target the total wellbeing of the youth to ensure that they effectively took up the mantle of leadership in the Cape Coast metropolis.
“Young leaders must demonstrate independence and autonomy in bringing out initiatives, better communication among peers and leaders of the society, as well as making efforts to learn and experience the qualities of a good leader.”
“As aspiring leaders, we, therefore need to equip ourselves with knowledge and skills to be able to face the changing trends in our society,” he said.
He urged the youth to avoid all forms of complacency and strive towards the development of the town.
The Cape Coast Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mrs. Priscilla Arhin-Kuranchie, expressed concern about the way some parents in the metropolis had neglected their responsibility of controlling their children.
From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast