Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mad. Cynthia Morrison has urged Ghanaians to desist from giving money to street children.
Speaking on our morning show, Campus Exclusive, Cynthia Morrison argued that such acts of charity rather pushes more children into the streets as they would be motivated to continue begging and end up influencing more.
‘We are making the general public know that we don’t have to give that child begging on the street money. No matter how dirty or hungry he looks the government has a place for them. We have a shelter for those children”.
She emphasized that the government is committed to ensuring the removal of children on the streets and assured that children who have been sent to the shelter are “well taken care of by the government”.
She also expressed her displeasure of how some children run away which is not the fault of the caretakers because of how homely the shelters are supposed to be.
“There is monitoring of the children when they are brought to the homes.Children who have run away and are seen are taken to the juvenile homes, it is about education and it is about us giving them money, nobody gives them money for a week, and they won’t come on the streets again”.
Hon. Morrison advised for a collective efforts of both the ministry and the general public in ensuring that the country clamps down on streetism.
In 2017, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection set up the “Operation get off the street for a better life” initiative set up by the ministry in 2017 to get individuals including children, the homeless and the mentally disabled off the street.
Story by: Kabuki Ocansey|universnewsroom.com