The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, the Ghana Fisheries Commission and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has organized a durbar to commemorate this year’s World Day against Child Labour.
The durbar which was held in Cape Coast on Tuesday on the theme, “Resist Child Labour! Improve the Safety and Health of workers towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 8”, provided a platform to encourage child protection by giving children equal opportunities to fulfil their potentials.
In his address, the honourable Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Ignatius Baffour Awuah noted, the creation of early awareness for parents and the community on child protection is key to building a generation of safe and healthy children. He believes improving the safety and health of young workers will contribute to the achievement of sustainable development Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth.
Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Ignatius Baffour Awuah
The Hon minister revealed that though most children are in school, child labour continues to increase in the country.
“It is good for children to go to school but that is not a total solution to the problem of child labour because we still have instances of school children being abused even at the school level. They are all equally abused during holidays by their parents and sometimes they are abused during weekends also by their parents. Yes, it is good to let the children go to school but it is equally good to let the children know they are not to engage themselves in hard labour”.
He said children can be protected if everyone engages in activities that frown on human suffering and all forms of anti-social practices.
Mr. Baffour Awuah appealed to stakeholders to dedicate themselves to creating a more vigorous and sustained approach in a collective battle against child labour in the Central Region and the country as a whole.
He also assured government’s full support towards eradicating child labour.
“I want to assure you that government will continue to support the fight against child labour and we continue to count on you, the stakeholders in the fight. Let us do our little best to ensure that we have a child labour free environment”.
By: ATL FM News