Information sector to play help eliminate child labour

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The Child Labour Department of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations will develop a code of conduct for informal sector workers to fight the child labour menace.

Mr Charles Asante-Bempong, Research and Projects Manager, Ghana Employer?s Association said as part of the National Plan of Action, the information sector had a role to play in the elimination of child labour in the country.

Mr Asante-Bempong was speaking at a-day?s sensitisation workshop for informal sector workers on the menace of child labour in Accra on Wednesday.

The workshop was to equip participants with the concept and legal framework on child labour; to inform their actions when confronted with the issue.

He said for some time now, informal sector workers had been operating without the consideration of rules and regulations.

He said plans were also advanced to educate Executives of various Associations under the informal sector for them to carry the message across to their members.

Nii Armah Ashietey, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, said children were the potential human resource base of every nation; therefore it was imperative to protect them from anything that would affect their health and education among others.

He said even though, children had contributed to the development of their families and continued to do so, some activities they undertake were hazardous and injurious.

He said government had recognised the serious nature of the menace, its impact on the rights and welfare of children, and had taken important steps through legislations, policies and initiatives to address it.

According to him, extensive actions had been taken to bring national legislation in line with international standards to guarantee adequate protection of children from abuse.

He expressed the hope that the lessons learnt from the workshop would ginger participants to create more vigorous and sustained momentum to fight the menace.

Source: GNA

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