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Women in North Decimated

2007-08-29 20:23:27
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An advocate for social justice, Mr. Alagskomah Asakeya M. Noble has bemoaned the neglect of Northern Ghana by both past and present Governments in their developmental agenda including human centered policies and programmes for far too long and warned that Ghana was sitting on a time bomb.

Mr. Alagskomah noted that the living conditions of the less privileged were ones were fast deteriorating every passing day yet the Ghana Health Service report of 2005 which declared the three Northern Regions chronically malnourished has not been given the desired attention.

According to him, impoverishment and malnutrition, poor health, high illiteracy rate, living in environmentally degraded and filthy areas, little political participation and lack of personal and political power served as a very fertile ground for the eruption of conflict.

Mr. Alagskomah, who raised these concerns in a Press Release which bore his name and signature, however stated that he was not advocating for any conflict but if these concerns were not addressed and handled properly and promptly, "the unexpected will certainly occur".

He said information gathered so far paints an extremely gloomy picture about the fate of children, particularly girls, who troop daily to the South for non-existent jobs. He disclosed that every day, about 150 to 200 children between the ages of 13 and 15 left the Regions to the South between the hours of 19 and 20 GMT.

He was also worried about reported cases of rape and defilement of these children in Kumasi and Accra and said considering the HIV/Aids pandemic and the crime wave in the country, some parents and guardians were psychologically traumatized since they did not know whether their children were safe and alive and free from the HIV/Aids infection.

In his view it would have been prudent that Government ignored political expediency and declared the three Northern Regions a "Disaster Zone". Mr. Alagskomah therefore, called on Government to recognize the importance and urgency of the economic and social development of the Regions to satisfy the basic needs and aspirations of the vast majority of the people of Northern Ghana and seek the progressive removal of the wide disparities in the living standards between the North and South.

He also appealed to the Minister of Women and Children's Affairs and the Inspector General of Police to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety and well-being of these children while the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies act swiftly to ensure the return of these children to their various homes so that their life, safety and education could be guaranteed and hope returned to their parents and guardians as well.

It was Mr. Alagskomah's desire that the Clergy, Traditional Authorities, National Union of Ghana Students, the Africa Peer Review Mechanism Governing Council, Ghana Journalists Association, the Council of State, MPs and other Civil Society Organizations move to prevail upon the President to address the issue of Northern Ghana once and for all!


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