STORY BY: NANA ADWOA BOATEMAA AND ARABA SIKA
Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unite (DOVVSU) of Ghana Police Service has educated parents on the need to avoid child marriage in two days seminar held at Techiman Premier Palace Hotel. The unit invited Queen mothers in the region, Parents, Hairdressers Association and Dressmakers Association to the seminar.
Mrs. Jocelyn Adii who represents the department of gender gave the statistics of child marriages for the various regions.
According to her Northern region tops in child marriage with 50%, followed by ;upper east 39.9%, upper west 36.9%, Brong Ahafo 31%, Volta 30.1%, Ashanti 27.5%, western 27.4%, central 22.2%, eastern 20.5% and greater Accra with the least of 17.8%.
It is clear with statistic above that the rural areas records are very high in terms of child marriage in Ghana, she added. She advised the parents in the region to force the children in education rather than marriage.
The divisional police commander for Techiman Chief Supt. Emmanuel Twumasi Ankrah in his welcome address elaborate on children’s right ‘’article 28 of the 1992 constitution provides among others that every child has the right to the same measures of special care necessary for its development from its natural parent”.
He also said article 27 of the 1992 constitution provides special care shall be accorded to mothers during a reasonable period before and after child birth.
The Regional Coordinator of DOVVSU DSP Sertina Aboagye said the aim of this institute is to stop early child marriage.She said the fundamental human right has become an integral and component aspect of all legal systems.
She bemoaned that an early child marriage causes a lot of problems to the child and the family as a whole.
DSP Sertina added that the institution is there to help the people in Brong Ahafo region so they use this platform to educate the community members.
With an interview with Winners Fm she said anybody who practice such act will face the consequences of DOVVSU, she ended by saying we should be watch dogs of each other so that we can help the children to achieve their aim in future.
The Queen mother for Nkoranza Dandwahemaa Nana Yaa Fosua Aduawoma II also expresses her gratitude to the organizers of the program because it will help her people.