<![CDATA[ Engage Now Africa (ENA), an international NGO committed to ending poverty in Africa has lauded government’s unwavering commitment to fight illegal-mining popularly known as ‘galamsey’ in the country, urging it to use the same zeal to combat modern slavery. Director of End Modern Slavery of ENA, David Kofi Awusi made the call whilst addressing participants at a one-day “education & sensitization durbar” on modern slavery held at the Teachers Hall on Thursday, May 18 2017 in Takoradi, Western Region. The durbar, an initiative of End of Slavery Department of ENA was on the theme: “Ghana @ 60: Any future for our children and youth?”. It brought together over 250 participants made up of stakeholders, civil society organizations and students across 8 districts within the southern belt of Western Region to dialogue in order to find ways of combating the menace of modern slavery. “We congratulate government for such a bold step and dedicated action in its recent unbending commitment on combating “galamsey”. We however, call on him to be all-inclusive in its effort by prioritizing the following forms of modern slavery for elimination including forced labour in fishing and farming, child prostitution and sex tourism, head porterage or “Kayaye”, forced or child marriage and child domestic work” David Awusi noted.Western Regional Minister, Gifty Eugenia Kusi bemoaned the rate at which the future of Ghanaian children and the youth are gradually being destroyed.
Govt urged to be sensitive to issues of modern slavery like 'galamsey'
But there is hope said the Minister, “because as a government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), we are going to work together with all stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations to create the enabling environment that can nurture our children and youths for a better tomorrow through policies that we already have”. Gifty Eugenia Kusi commended ENA for the initiative and pledges support for any program geared towards child protection and youth employment in the Region, adding “we’re going to work closely with the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of child labour and modern slavery so as to serve as deterrent to others. The event also served as a platform to launch an 81-paged book titled “Saving Our Pearls of the Future”: a resource manual on how to end modern slavery, authored by David Kofi Awusi. By Joseph Kobla Wemakor |3news.com|Ghana]]>
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