ACCRA– The Ghanaian government has reiterated its quest to rid the country’s streets of hawkers and beggars.
To that end, it launched an initiative dubbed “Operation Get off the Streets for a Better Life” here Tuesday wiowht the aim of reducing the phenomenon of people living on the streets.
The main objective of the project is to provide a better alternative to street life and integrate people back into families and communities, says Gender, Children and Social Mrotection Minister Otiko Afisah Djaba.
The target group includes hawkers, child beggars and those contracted to push disabled people in wheelchairs to ask for alms, persons with disabilities, families living on the streets and displaced persons, the minister said.
The five-year programme is expected to get more than 6,000 children off the streets across the country. So far, 4,098 children have been registered under the scheme.
Addressing the media in Accra, Djaba appealed to corporate organizations to support the government’s initiative to get children off the streets.
“If your child is on the streets, parent, please look for that child; child, if you have run away from home, go back home; the streets are not safe,” Djaba said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK