March 6, 2019

Member of Parliament for Afram Plains North, Betty Nana Efua Krosbi Mensah, has put up a strong defense against a documentary shown by CNN International, showing the plight of the Ghanaian child.

According to the Afram Plains North lawmaker on the 1st of March 2019 she was saddened by CNN’s reportage which did not represent the true state of the Ghanaian children.

“Being an MP for Afram Plains with over sixty percent of the population living on and round the Volta lake, I felt the story being told about child slavery is not the situation at all, if you have the opportunity to visit communities on the Island you would understand our culture”, she lamented in an interview with journalists in Parliament”.

She further pointed out that in the African and Ghanaian cultural settings, external family members, who take up interest in the upbringing of family members, they do have the right to take care of other people’s children.

“Unfortunately you might have some abusive care takers, taking these children and abusing them, which is not common, most of this children you see on the lake their parents see it as an apprenticeship”.

Again with the believe that after their everyday academic work they can go back to the lake and learn the trade of fishing.

“I do not think any parent would stand out and say I am putting my child out for sale that is not happening and that reportage is never true and I want CNN to come out again on this issue”.

The Afram Plains North legislator pointed out that, “who is sending this information to the international community in other to demand for some financial assistance that is not the situation in Ghana”, she lamented.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/