Migrants in the country who use their children to beg for money and other variables on the streets will be deported, the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) has Noted.
The rationale behind this is to protect,circumvent and secure the right of children who are being used for commercial purposes on the streets of Accra.
The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ms Cecilia Dapaah, who is the Caretaker Minister of MoGCSP, reiterated on this during a street monitoring exercise on some selected streets within the Ayawaso West Municipality.
The exercise, which formed part of the Ministry’s project dubbed: ‘Street Connected Children Project’ addressed to rid major roads of the capital city of child beggars who could have received better education
The exercise was conducted together with the Ayawaso West Municipal Chief Executive and some Directors and staff of the Department of Social Welfare.
It took place at Okponglo, Opeibea and 37 in the Ayawaso West Municipality where the practice was very common place
Ms Dapaah stressed that using children to beg for money was against the laws of the country and expressed the Ministry’s commitment to collaborate with the Ministry of Foreign affairs and some embassies to deport emigrants who are adamant to comply with the laws.
“The children are too young to be used for commercial purposes. They are between the ages of two to 10 years and are often seen crossing roads to beg for alms. The adults among them should make use of the markets if they seek to conduct business or they will be deported,” she said.
Ms Dapaah stated the exercise was just the first of many to come, adding that “there will be further stakeholder engagements to derive better intervention to deal with the menace.”
She stressed that the Ghana Immigration Service would Not excluded in the next exercise.
During the exercise, Ghanaian Times observed that the migrants are responsible for the heaped rubbish on pavements on some streets on which they slept.
Due to the act, Ms Dapaah ejected them from the streets and admonished them to observe the country’s sanitation laws and also advised them against abusing the right of their wards.
By Lawrence Odoom
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