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20.11.2004 Regional News

Advocacy groups told to show more commitment

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Gomoa Ankamu(C/R) Nov. 20, GNA - The Gomoa District Officer of the Department of Community Development, Miss Vivien Bentum, has called on advocacy network groups on curbing youth related problems to show more commitment to their work.

Problems of the youth who are the future leaders of the nation needs proper attention, Miss Bentum said.

She urged the groups, known as Pan, Tan, Ran and Yan, trained to curb teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and child labour, to sustain their programmes and not to make them a nine-day wonder. The District Officer was addressing a durbar organised by the Department for the Plan Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) at Gomoa Ankamu near Apam, in the Central Region.

The Department implements PPAG programmes in the Gomoa District. Miss Bentum appealed to Chiefs and opinion leaders to enact by-laws preventing children from going out at certain periods of the night. Mr Okanto Akoto, Central Regional Coordinator of PPAG, advised peer educators to intensify their activities to discourage their friends to abstain from activities, which could endanger their lives in future. Mr Edmumd Osei Kwakye, District Disease Control Officer, advised parents to have time and to interact with their children to know their problems.

Make them feel free to discuss their problems with you, he urged parents.

Mr Osei Kwakye advised parents to be role models for their children, saying, they should conduct themselves properly whenever their children were around.

The programme is being implemented at Dawurampong, Afransi, Obuasi, Mumford and Ankamu all in the District on pilot basis.

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