A Member of Parliament (MP) for Afadjato Constituency, Joseph Amenowode has lamented that child labour persists and is endemic in many communities, especially deprived ones despite Government’s efforts to curb the menace in Ghana.
The MP said this on the floor of the House when he made a statement on the occasion of the ‘World Day Against Child Labour.’
Hon. Amenowode stated that ‘whilst many children may be engaged in child labour in the production of internationally traded goods or services, a much larger number work in producing items destined for national consumption.’
‘Mr Speaker, these occur in many occupations, particularly in the rural and informal economies, and in areas where labour market governance, trade unions and employers’ organisations’ are often weak or absent’, he added.
The Lawmaker also indicated that in Ghana, one out of every five children (21%) is estimated to be engaged in child labour, adding that this is a breach of the constitutional and fundamental human rights of children and a liability to socio-economic development.
He further held that ‘urgent action is needed now because child labour denies girls and boys of their rights to be safe from harm, to quality education and vocational training, and to play and rest.’
‘Mr Speaker, Government recognises the problem of child labour and has put in place a comprehensive legal framework to deal with it’, Hon. Amenowode assured Ghanaians.
The Lawmakers on the Majority and the Minority sides of the House associated themselves with Hon. Amenowode’s statement.