The People’s National Convention (PNC) has called on all to support struggling single mothers in the country.
According to a statement signed and issued by the General Secretary of the PNC, Janet Asana Nabla, yesterday, to mark this year’s celebration of Mothers Day, she stated that the PNC was concerned with the increasing rate of single parenting in recent times, especially mothers who were single-handedly caring for their children whereas the fathers were absent.
These mothers, she said, worked themselves out in order to fend for themselves and their children.
Additionally, Mrs Nabla extended the call to the executive and legislative arms of the government to emulate best practices elsewhere and enact laws to provide some form of allowances to those single mothers.
“Again, it is our call to the government to institute a scheme via institutions such as the MASLOC, among others, to offer special financial services to single mothers who are engaged in any form of enterprises.
“This support can be in a form of a loan facility with a very low interest rate; a rate far below the market rate,” Mrs Nabla added.
For the absentee fathers, she suggested that existing laws should be reviewed to ensure that fathers who avoided taking responsibilities of their children were severely punished to serve as deterrent to others.
The sad reality, Mrs Nabla said, was that most of the women who pursued those fathers by themselves by going to the DOVVSU, Legal Aid, the Juvenal courts, social welfare etc ended up abandoning the cause because the bureaucracy was too much for them.
“The funds used by single mothers to chase these irresponsible partners to own up to their responsibilities are often unbearable.
“Should these concerns be addressed, women, especially the struggling single mothers in the country, will earn a sustainable source of livelihood and also take good care of their children who will grow up to become useful assets to the country rather than liabilities to society”, she said.
The PNC wished a happy mothers day to the First and Second ladies of the land, Mrs Rebecca Akufo Addo and Mrs Samira Bawumia, respectively.
Others are the Chief of Staff, Frema Opare, former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, Professor Ama Ata Aidoo, Dr Joyce Aryee, and Georgina Wood.
The President of the Market Women Association, Mercy Naa Afrowa Needham, President of the National Association of Beauticians and Hairdressers (NABH), Joyce Lamptey, President of the Ghana National Tailors and Dressmakers Association (GNTDA), Joana Eshun Mensah, and President of Abantu for Development, Dr Rose Mensa-Kutin.
She assured mothers that a future PNC government would prioritise their well-being and ensured that laws and policies were implemented to the letter.
“Let us, as a country, wish the Mothers in Ghana a Happy Mothers Day by formulating policies that will show that we care about our mothers because a financially capable mother produces a better economy for us all”, Mrs Nabla said.