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26.10.2007 General News

Millions Of Voices Cry Against Poverty

By Daily Guide

SCHOOL CHILDREN across the country on Wednesday joined their colleagues all over the world to express indignation at the widening gap between the rich and the poor and the prevalence of inequality in the world.

At Tema, the Director of the United Nations Millenium Development Goals Campaign, Dr Salil Shetty joined school children from Tema at the Twedease Junior High School park to read a resolution not to accept any more excuses in a world where 50,000 people die everyday as a result of extreme poverty and inequality.

They have therefore called on leaders of poor countries to tackle poverty as their first priority in their respective countries to make life better for the citizenry and save the lives of children, who were the most vulnerable.

“We ask you to tackle inequality, be accountable to your people, govern fairly and justly and fight corruption.”

They asked the leaders to as well honour their promises to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) they appended their signatures to and even exceed it.

“Today and everyday, we will stand up and speak up against poverty. We will continue the fight against poverty and inequality and hold our leaders to their promises.

We are asking not for charity but for justice. We are millions of voices standing in solidarity to say no more excuses - end poverty now.”

The programme which was organized by the Ghana Millennium Development Goals Campaign Team in collaboration with the Abibiman Foundation, a non-governmental organization was well attended.
Earlier in a welcome address, Kenneth Nana Amoabeng, Programmes and Projects Manager of Abibiman Foundation described the event as special since it falls within the mid-point review of the nation's progress towards the attainment of MDGs by 2015.

He however decried the yawning gap between the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS) 1 and 2 which made it difficult for the youth to appreciate its significance, contribute and also demand government's commitment towards their attainment.

He indicated that the Abibiman Foundation was committed to integrating the youth across the country in the GPRS II and the MDGs achievement goals within the next seven years.

“We are therefore calling for the support of government, corporate bodies and donor agencies in achieving this goal,” he stated.

Rev Albert Kwabi, the MDG Director of Ghana and Kwaku Sakyi Addo, renowned Ghanaian broadcaster, accompanied Dr Shetty to the function.

By Mike Avickson