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30.01.2009 Crime & Punishment

Two hundred children engaged in child labour withdrawn in Effutu Municipality

By GNA

The Effutu Municipal Office of Department of Social Welfare (DSW) in collaboration with International Labour Organisation (ILO) has withdrawn 200 children engaged in child labour in the fishing industry within the municipality between 2006 and 2008.

Some of the children between the ages of five and 17 were already in school.

Mr Godwill Francis Acquah, Effutu Municipal Director of DSW disclosed this to Ghana News Agency in an interview in Winneba.

He said child labour committees were formed with financial assistance from ILO to withdraw the children, 141 of them being enrolled in schools, 59 of them engaged in skill training such as hair dressing, shoe-making, carpentry and electronics.

Mr Acquah said the DSW would venture into other areas where the rights of children were being violated in the municipality.

He reminded parents that the Children's Act of 1998 did not permit children to engage in menial jobs.

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