TWO Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are engaged in a project to sensitise residents along the Volta Lake in the Kpando district against child trafficking and hazardous child labour in fishing communities.
They are Community Development Concern (CDC) a Ho based NGO and Mandamfo Ghana, an Accra based NGO, both focusing on the elimination of child trafficking and hazardous child labour.
The project is geared towards eliminating the receiving and using of trafficked children for hazardous jobs such as fishing and diving and send them to school.
It also seeks to support the fisher folks to release trafficked children t the NGO who will in turn locate heir families and reunite with them.
At a sensisation campaign programme held at the weekend, Mrs Joycelyn Akorfa Ochlich, executive director of CDC, called on the chiefs and opinion leaders to support the two NGOs to identify, rescue trafficked and needy children to reunite them with their parents and attend school.
She said “child trafficking is one of the worse forms of child labour ad a crime against the law which is punishable by law.
Emmanuel Stephenson, country director of Madamfo Ghana, warned that after the sensitization campaign, the law on child trafficking would be rigorously implemented and persistent offenders arrested and prosecuted.
He advised the chiefs elders and parents o expose them before the end of the campaign.
Paul Dzokoto, assistant programme officer, Department of Children, Ho, called on the security agencies to support NGOs involved in the rescuing of trafficked children so as to brighten their future through education.
Roland Kumfo, Kpando district social welfare officer, cautioned hat continuous involvement in child trafficking would encourage poverty due to lack of investment in their children’s education and appealed to the elderly in the community to support other stakeholders to stem the tide.
Togbe Lumor Eduke, the chief of the tow, assured of collaboration with stakeholders for the various social interventions being put in place to form a cohesive body to rescue rehabilitate, re-integrate with their families and educate them since they also have rights.