Street-children are becoming a growing phenomenon in our cities, particularly in Accra and Kumasi.
Monday’s edition of ‘AGENDA’, a segment on Anopa Nkomo on Accra based Kingdom FM 107.7 and hosted by Kwame Tutu highlighted how a number of children on the streets begging for alms to fend for themselves, while their peers are in the classroom gaining an education.
Kwame Tutu pointed out that their plight is pitiful when you consider how these young, vulnerable beings are exposed to all manner of vices, not because they have weak morals but because they lack guidance, attention, and protection.
Speaking on the dangers of Streetism and Child Begging, Saani Adib, Foreign Policy and Security Analyst revealed that drug peddlers use some child beggars as couriers.
‘These children are in constant touch with the criminals and are easily recruited because the street is their home adding there is an easy association with the criminals and they use them as transporters for drugs and other illicit materials,’ Saani Adeb told Kwame Tutu exclusively on Anopa Nkomo on Accra based Kingdom FM 107.7.
He explained that the issue is a reflection of the ineffectiveness of child protection services in Ghana whiles blaming the Department of Social Welfare for lack of action plan on streetism.
Saani Adib reiterated that the Department of Social Welfare must be resourced to help in dealing with the growing phenomenon of streetism, since if care is not taken the problem will overwhelm us all and pose a national security risk.
The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) estimates the total number of street-children in Greater Accra alone to be in the region of 90,000.
The Ministry of Gender and Social Protection has a tall order if it is to screen and take data on the number of vulnerable children roaming the streets, trying to make life on their own.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that children are entitled to special care and assistance.
By : Aboagye Frank Jackson / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdomfmonline.com / Ghana / 2019