February 17, 2021

Minister-designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection Sarah Adwoa Safo had said she would engage relevant stakeholders like Gender Committee of Ghana’s Parliament in find lasting solution to outlawing kayaye.

Kayaye in a practice where young girls generally between the ages of fourteen and sixteen migrates from the rural areas of northern Ghana to the south Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi and work as head load carriers.

According to the Minister-designate she would not come before the Appointment Committee of Parliament and in a hasty manner say kayaye should be outlawed, but when given the nod she would engage to find a lasting solution to the problem.

The Minister-designate was responding to a question from the Member of Parliament for North Tongu Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who wanted to know if she would consider outlawing the dehumanizing kayaye practice, and giving the young girls engage in this practice an alternative livelihood.

In a related development, when questioned on the problems that had bedeviled women who engage in preparing meals under the school feeding programme what would be done to solve the annual problem of delay in payment, she said, “When I get to the Ministry, I would look at the payment issues when the Committee and the House approves me. I would see how the system can be streamlined and ensure that the programme is made better”.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com