The Vice President, Administration, of the Ghana Baptist Convention (GBC), Reverend Washington Komla Darke, has called on all stakeholders to give critical attention to the issue of ritual servitude popularly known as "trokosi", and purge it out
Rev. Darke appealed to the Gender Ministry and other stakeholders including the Baptist Relief and Development Agency (BREDA) to help rid society of the system.
"Trokosi is an obnoxious system that must not be allowed to thrive. We have to ensure that it is not only abolished on paper but on the ground as well, and the Gender Ministry should be able to enforce what is entrenched in the Law," he said.
Rev. Darke was addressing the 12th graduation ceremony of the Baptist Vocational Training Centre at Frankadua in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region where 14 former servants, including four shrine-born boys, were among 23 students who graduated from the school, after completing
He said the practice was inhuman and lacked
"No religious reason that exists can justify this canker. It is inhuman and must come to an end, therefore we have to speak out and take bold steps in this crusade. With a concerted effort, Trokosi will
Rev. Darke urged parents to encourage the graduates to further their aspirations and make good use of the skills acquired.
He added that the Department of Social Welfare had been engaged to monitor the project and help with victims’ recovery.
Praying Pelican Mission from the USA, a long-time partner of the GBC which has been on the project since its inception, is currently engaged in the construction of a classroom block as well as the provision of equipment and startups for each graduate.
She said 168 rescued Trokosis had so far been reformed by the school which had also recorded an 88