GENDER MINISTRY WORKING VISIT TO ECHO HILLS VILLAGE ORPHANAGE




July 2, 2019 10:28 pm

On Tuesday, 2nd July 2019, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), led by the Minister Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison, paid a one day working visit to the Echo Hills Village (an orphanage home located at Madina in the Greater Accra Region) to deal with issues pertaining to the orphanage. The Minister was accompanied by the Chief Director of the MoGCSP, Dr. Afisah Zakariah and other Directors of the Ministry.

Her visit follows a revealing documentary by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw and his Tiger Eye PI crew titled “Torture Home” which depicts cruelty and abuse of inmates at the orphanage home. The Hon. Minister, therefore, has called for the arrest and prosecution of Echo’s General Manager, Rev. Lawrence Lamina for abusing children at the orphanage – as portrayed in the exposé.

The Vice Chairperson of the Echo Hills Village Board, Madam Felicia Opoku Mensah in her response to the video said, there were some inconsistencies regarding the documentary. She however added that, the board have started their own investigations and that, those involved in the act have been asked to step aside.

The Honourable Minister however, registered her displeasure about the maltreatment being meted out to the inmates of the orphanage home. She added that, the issue has been reported to the Inspector General of Police and that, Reverend Lawrence Lamina, General Manager of Echo Hills Village will be made to appear before a court of competent jurisdiction to defend himself.

“I represent the children; I have to make sure the right thing is done.” The Minister asserted.

The Hon. minister stressed that, the Ministry will frequently conduct monitoring to orphanage homes across the country to ensure that they meet the required standard. She also cautioned proprietress of orphanage homes in the country that their licenses will be revoked if they do not meet the required standard.

Honourable Cynthia Mamle Morrison promised to ensure that orphans are well protected in the country. She later toured the orphanage home.

On Tuesday 2th 2019, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), led by the Minister Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison, paid a one day working visit to the Echo Hills Village (an orphanage home located at Madina in the Greater Accra Region) to deal with issues pertaining to the orphanage. The Minister was in the company of the Chief Director of the MoGCSP, Dr. Afisah Zakariah and other Directors of the Ministry.

Her visit follows a revealing documentary by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw and his Tiger Eye PI crew titled “Torture Home” which depicts cruelty and abuse of inmates at the orphanage home. The Hon. Minister, therefore, called for the arrest and prosecution of Echo’s General Manager, Rev. Lawrence Lamina for abusing children at the orphanage – as portrayed in the exposé.

The Vice Chairperson of the Echo Hills Village Board, Madam Felicia Opoku Mensah in her response to the video said, there were some inconsistencies regarding the documentary. She however added that, the board have started their own investigations and that, those involved in the act have been asked to step aside.

The Honourable Minister however, registered her displeasure about the maltreatment being meted out to the inmates of the orphanage home. She added that, the issue has been reported to the Inspector General of Police and that, Reverend Lawrence Lamina, General Manager of Echo Hills Village will be made to appear before a court of competent jurisdiction to defend himself.

“I represent the children; I have to make sure the right thing is done.” The Minister asserted.

The Hon. minister stressed that, the Ministry will frequently conduct monitoring to orphanage homes across the country to ensure that they meet the required standard. She also cautioned proprietress of orphanage homes in the country that their licenses will be revoked if they do not meet the required standard.

Honourable Cynthia Mamle Morrison promised to ensure that orphans are well protected in the country. She later toured the orphanage home.

Source: MoGCSP