The fight against child labour has chalked some modest success, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.
The launch of the Phase II of Action Plan for the elimination of Child Labour he touted his helped in addressing the challenge of child labour and trafficking.
As part of activities to eliminate child labour, Ghana in 2018 launched the Phase II of Action Plan (NPA II) for the elimination of child labour.
The NPA II was developed by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and the National Steering Committee on Child Labour (NSCCL) in consultation with key stakeholders in the fight against child labour.
It was developed based on the recommendation from the review of NPA 1 and the recent Child Labour Report conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) which states that the NPA II is expected to build on the gains made subsequent to the implementation of the NPA1 (2009 – 2015) with the view of utilizing the good practices and lessons learnt to address the challenges of child labour in a more effective and sustainable way.
This Action Plan also gives attention to the need to mobilize more resources, focus actions on local communities and strengthen educational outcomes so that children are enrolled and retained in school.
It includes interventions to sensitize the general public, build capacities of partners to tackle all worst forms of child labour, ensure effective provision and monitoring of social services and economic empowerment programmes and also promote community empowerment and sustainable action against child labour in mining, fishing, agriculture, domestic service, child trafficking, kayayoo, ritual servitude, streetism and begging, among others.
Commenting on the implantation, the president said through the implementation of the Second Phase of the National Action Plan of Action 2017-2021, Ghana is moved up from the tier 2-watch list position of the Trafficking Report to tier 2 in 2018.
He made the remarks whiles delivering his third State of the Nation Address today [Thursday] February 21, 2019.
The annual address is in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana which states: “The President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before the dissolution of Parliament, deliver a message on the state of the nation.”