Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection and Member of Parliament for Gomoa Central, Rachel Appoh, has stated that her Ministry is working towards ensuring that “worst forms of child labour are reduced to the barest minimum by 2015, if not totally eliminated”.
The remarks were contained in a statement she issued on International World Day Against Child Labour, which was marked on June 12.
According Rachel Appoh, in the 2001 Ghana Labour Survey, an estimated 1.27 million economically active children population are engaged in work classified as worst forms of child labour while over 1 million of these children are younger than 13 years of age.
Describing the situation as worrying, she said in fulfillment of the obligations stated in the National Plan of Action, her Ministry had been represented on the National Steering Committee of the National Plan of Action on the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour, to ensure child labour issues are brought to the fore and tackled appropriately.
The National Steering Committee of the National Plan of Action on the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour is under the auspices of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations with support from other development agencies such as UNICEF.
“My Ministry in partnership with UNICEF is formulating a national child protection policy to enhance the safety and security of our children” she reiterated.
Rachel Appoh also added that the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection will tackle the worst forms of child labour by building political and popular commitment with social partners and civil societies.
She also added that her Ministry intends to strengthen the capacities of officials handling the Social Protection Interventions, and issues relating to Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Early Childhood Care and Social Welfare.