The newly appointed Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Cynthia Morrison, has promised to intensify efforts to remove child beggars from the streets.
The Member of Parliament for Agona West constituency, who has been appointed as minister-designate said she would look at the blueprint used by the former minister, Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, and intensify the efforts.
According to her, it is not only risky for children to used as beggars but unlawful and affront to the fundamental human rights of the victims.
The gender activist told Kwame Tutu, host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, she will work to ensure that the rights of children, women, elderly and unprivileged are protected.
The Ministry of Gender in June 2018 rolled out an ambitious programme to remove child beggars from major cities nationwide.
The five-year programme is expected to rid the over 6,000 children roaming the streets across the country.
The ministry called on Ghanaians to support the initiative so it will succeed.
Coordinator of the ‘Operation Clear Children off the Street’, Richard Adjetey, in an interview said,
“To ensure the sustainability of this programme, we must have a very good policy framework on it. For instance, if you take interventions like the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty [which has a policy framework]...we must also have both the policy and legal framework for this project.
“We must also see it as an intervention. It’s very critical if we really want to ensure that these children get off the street,” he said.
The legislator who is expected to vetted and approved by parliament assured the president of her dedication and hard work.
She commended the president for the trust imposed in her.
When asked how she received the news, the first time parliamentarian said she was least expected the appointed although it was not shocking.