The Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Moses Bukari Mabengba has called on parents and non-governmental organizations to assist in the protection of children against all forms of abuse in the region.
He mentioned that child labour and human trafficking were the most complicated issues which have bedeviled the region and that “all must help curb it.”
The Minister made the call in a speech read on his behalf at a-day’s workshop for regional stakeholders on child labour and human trafficking in Tamale at the weekend.
The workshop, attended by the police, assembly members, gender activists, teachers and religious leaders was organised by the Northern Regional Department of Children and sponsored by the Regional Advisory Information and Network System (RAINS).
Mr. Mabengba commended RAINS for the workshop stressing; “it is time to involve all stakeholders-parents, law enforcement agencies traditional authorities, international communities, schools in the fight against child abuse.”
He also called for severe punishment for all involved in child labour and human trafficking.
Mr. Mabengba entreated all assemblies in the region to enforce their bye-laws that were targeted at the perpetrators of child labour and human trafficking.
The minister stated that children welfare was important so dear to the government hence the institution of the free school uniform and exercise books policy
This, he said was a demonstration of government intention to reducing the burden bearing of children and their parents especially the poor.
Mr. Bukari S Nyari, Vice-Chairman of the Board Trustees of RAINS stated that children hold the key to the development of every society hence the need to protect them against abuse.
He therefore advocated for the direct and meaningfully involvement of children on issues affecting them at all times.
“Since issues affecting children are rightly human right issues, we need to depart from treating them a welfare perspective,’ Mr. Nyari.
He added that arents and for that matter the general society were under obligation to demonstrate responsibly that children are not objects of charity, seeking help and compassion from society, but individuals entitled protection.
Madam Mariam Fuseini, Program Coordinator of RAINS on her part appealed to all, especially parents, to enroll their wards in school.