Scrap Social Protection Ministry if MP

A member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Gender and Children is questioning the purpose of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social protection if it cannot be resourced to achieve its mandate.

Gifty Eugenia Kusi said although discussions have taken place both on the floor of Parliament and at the committee level, the Finance Ministry has consistently failed to release the budgetary allocations for the Gender Ministry.

She was speaking on Joy News TV’s human rights show, EyesRight as the programme wraps up its maiden edition.

EyesRight is a documentary discussion show intended to educate people on their rights and responsibilities. 

The 16-episode show unravelled many child right violations among others which reemphasize harsh weaknesses in Ghana’s Social Welfare set-up.

Mothers who are mostly single parents are unable to fend for their children, abandoning them to their fate while the disabled are left to die as good riddance.

Mrs. Gifty Eugenia Kusi says the problem is not new to law makers

The Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection however refused to speak about findings in the various documentaries about children whose rights have been violated. The issues raised do not fall within its mandate, the ministry explained.

Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem is calling on civil society organizations to confront the Ministry of Finance to release budgetary allocations meant for the various social welfare departments on time and at the same time hold the Gender Ministry accountable to its mandate especially that of child protection.

She alleges that the Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry has been covering up for the inaction of the Finance Ministry for political reasons.

She is pushing for an amendment of the laws on social protection to accommodate today’s modern family system. 

Listen to excerpt of the documentary

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