Parents urged to be responsible for upkeep of children
Parents urged to be responsible for upkeep of children

Parents urged to be responsible for upkeep of children

The Head of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District, Detective Chief Inspector Ankonam Darkwah, has admonished parents to be responsible for the upkeep of their children to offer them the needed parental protection.


He said parents who neglected the upkeep of their children exposed them to abuse, stressing that most young girls were abused sexually in society as a result of parental neglect.

Addressing a child protection education durbar at Breman Kokoso in the Central Region on the theme: ‘Child Protection, the role of the community’, he said children were a gift from God and they had been entrusted to their parents to ensure that they were always protected.

Attitude of parents

 He noted that the rise in cases of teenage pregnancy in the district and the nation in general could be attributed to parents who had left their young daughters on the streets to fend for themselves. 

 He said that such a situation could negatively affect their future development since some men always took advantage of children without parental care and control to rape or defile them, often leading to unwanted pregnancy.

The event was organised by the Fred Diabene Walker Child Development Centre (CDC) under the auspices of Compassion International Ghana, a child rights non-governmental organisation (NGO).

It was well attended by children, sponsored by the two organisations under their project, aimed at supporting the children to learn a trade. 

As part of the project, the children are trained in employable skills such as bead- making, making of necklaces, earrings, key holders and catering. 

The occasion was also used to distribute 200 student mattresses, 50 school uniforms, as well as 50 schoolbags to the children.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the F.D. Walker CDC, Pastor Samuel Aidoo, who is also the Brakwa District Pastor of the Church of Pentecost, reminded parents of the need to ensure the proper upbringing of their children to make them responsible adults, stating that his outfit was doing its part to support the attainment of that goal.

The District Chief Executive for Asikuma-Odoben- Brakwa, Mr Albert Kwesi Inkoom, thanked the centre for the education and called on parents to be mindful of the programmes their children watched on television since some programmes had the tendency to influence their behaviour negatively. 


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