05.04.2005 Regional News

Radio station registers child labourers

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Techiman (B/A), April 5, GNA - Techiman-based ASTA FM Radio Station has under the auspices of the Business Sector Advocacy Centre Fund Project, identified and registered a total of 612 children engaged in various labour activities at the Techiman market.

The exercise, according to Mr David Dumah-Amoah, Project Accountant, was aimed at collating special information on child labour at the market with the view to preventing children from being engaged in worst forms of child labour and getting them rehabilitated for social integration and to learn vocations.

He told Ghana News Agency after the exercise that the registered children, aged between seven and 17, were found engaged in various forms of labour including the sale of iced water, numbering sacks, truck pulling and pushing of wheelbarrows.

"Some of the children are still in school, while others have not had the opportunity of receiving formal education and sleep on tables, on verandas of storerooms and in kiosks at the market after the day's work", he added.

Mr Dumah-Amoah said the children's reasons would be analysed and their parents contacted on how best they could be assisted towards the elimination of child labour in the municipality.

The project accountant called for the involvement of and support from the International Labour Organisation, United Nations International Children's Educational Fund, NGOs and the Techiman Municipal Assembly to help establish training centre to enable some of the children to be trained.

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