“Government Has Not Forgotten About You” – Hon. Otiko Djaba to Street Dwellers
May 2, 2018 12:58 pm
Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba has reassured people living on the streets (especially children) of Nana Addo’s government concern about their plight: “the Government of Ghana under the leadership of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has not forgotten about you, and we know of your plight on the street”, she said.
The Honorable Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection made this known during an interaction meeting with street dwellers in Accra organised by the Social Welfare Department of the Ministry on Friday 27th April, 2018.
The outdoor meeting was for Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba to engage children, beggars, destitute and persons with disability living on the street on their plight and share with them as well government’s efforts to remedy to their complex situation.
Speaking to the gathering, the sector Minister said their future was far greater than just considering the street as a home even though they think that getting immediate income from washing cars, running errands, and selling different sorts of items or just plain begging can sustain them forever. She added government is greatly concerned about them and their future, hence the initiation of a programme dubbed ‘Operation get off the street now for a better’ to help better their lives.
The interventions of the programme will help address issues of street children, beggars, destitute and persons living with disability.
“Street children will be reunited with family and stay home, those willing to go back to school will be sent to school, those willing to learn vocational skills will be supported to do the training. Also, family will be strengthened so that parents can take care of children”, the Hon. Minister revealed.
She stated the Ministry is considering enrolling beggars on the streets onto the LEAP Programme whiles the destitute will be sent to the Central Destitute infirmary in Ashanti Bekwai.
People with disability who can be trained, she noted will be sent to the rehabilitation centres and those already trained will be assisted with startup capitals to start their own businesses.
“People who are mentally ill we will be taken off the streets to mental health facilities. Finally, with the Kayayei, they will be trained and linked to micro finance schemes to help them start their own businesses”, she noted.
Hon. Otiko Djaba emphasized that her Ministry and the government at large is looking at all interventions to help street dwellers get something to do that will better their lives and prepare them for the future.
Guests of the event were entertained with music and fun games. They were also treated to a sumptuous lunch and gifted with many souvenirs by the Honourable Minister for Gender.