12.10.2006 Regional News

Spousal/child maintenance cases increase in Western Region - CHRAJ

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Mrs Nana Amua-Sekyi, Western Regional Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), said increasing cases relating to spousal and children's maintenance was a major problem confronting her office.

She said irresponsible and immature parenthood, as well as matrilineal succession of inheritance had also contributed to the growing phenomenon of irresponsibility in the country.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency at Takoradi , Mrs Amua-Sekyi said her outfit received a total of 182 cases as at June this year, relating to maintenance of children and that the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai district alone recorded 47 cases.

Aowin-Suaman followed with 30 cases while Shama Ahanta East and Mpohor Wassa East recorded the lowest of two cases each. She said out of 751 cases received within the period, 570 had been closed while 181 were pending.

Mrs Amua-Sekyi said the Commission settled 369 of the cases and dismissed 24 of them. A total of 110 cases were referred to other institutions while 25 were withdrawn. She said 102 inheritance complaints were lodged with her office of which Sefwi-Wiawso and Aowin-Suaman recorded 26 cases each.

Mrs Amua-Sekyi said there were 60 cases relating to unsatisfactory sharing of joint property while 23 tenancy complaints were lodged with her office.

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