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Regional News | Jan 17, 2005

Enact law to punish men who refuse care for women

GNA

Gomoa Asebu (C/R), Jan. 17, GNA - Nana Ekua Ofu-Gyan, Nkosuohenemaa of Gomoa Asebu, has appealed to the government to promulgate a law to punish men who refuse to be responsible for women they imp regnant. She said this would help to stem the problem of street children, armed robbery and other social vices in the country.

Nana Ofu-Gyan known in private life as Mrs Veronica Sam who deals in lumber and plywood at Kasoa in the Central Region, said this when she spoke to newsmen at Gomoa Asebu after her installation as part of the activities marking the annual Akwambo Festival.

She noted that some men impregnate young girls and abscond without caring for them, adding that, most of the girls were schoolchildren who are forced to dropout.

Nana Ofu-Gyan stressed that the law could give "a new hope to girls who are at times influenced with few thousands of cedis before falling prey to these men".

She asked the parents to take good care of their children and to provide them with their needs especially in the areas of education, shelter, clothing and food to protect children, especially the girl-child from teenage pregnancy and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. She said that through the collaboration of citizens of Asebu, Pomadze and Ansaful, a 500 million cedi clinic and market scheduled to be completed next year had been initiated.

Nana Ofu-Gyan appealed to the Gomoa District Assembly to assist the people to complete projects in the area.

She said the people in the three towns found it difficult in sending people especially in emergency cases for treatment at Swedru and Winneba Government Hospitals.

The Nkosuohenemaa called on the youth in the town to participate in communal labour to enhance the development of the area.

Mr. Bright Lambert Enyan-Hackeem, Assemblyman for Gomoa Asebu Electoral Area, appealed to the Gomoa District Assembly to facilitate the construction of a three classroom block, which had not been completed to end the shift system to improve the low performance of school children in the area.

He asked the District Assembly to check herdsmen whose cattle were destroying farms and water bodies.

Nana Kweku Otabil, Krontihene of Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area, said the annual the Akwanbo festival was to take stock of activities over the past year to enable the people to plan ahead. He charged parents to invest in their children's education and asked the Chiefs and people of the town to co-operate with the Nkosuohenemaa to ensure the development of the area.

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