Cape Coast, the Central Regional Capital has been identified as leading in Child prostitution in Ghana in a current survey, the Regional Minister, Mr. Aquinas Tawiah Quansah has disclosed.
According to him, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has the problem captured in its report and was planning to collaborate with Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) in a bid to mitigate the situation.
Through the UNICEF/PPAG collaboration, Child prostitutes in the metropolis would be mobilised and given some vocational training to help them generate income since poverty could be the topmost factor for engaging in such activity.
This comes three months after the minister had revealed that Child prostitution was booming in the metropolis.
Mr. Quansah was speaking as a guest of honour at the official opening of the 15th Biennial Delegates’ conference of the Cape Coast Diocese of the Association of Methodist Church Choirs Ghana (GHAMECC) at Elmina over the weekend.
The Four day conference is on the theme “Witnessing to Christ, Holistic Spirituality and Service for Current and Succeeding Generation”.
He recounted that on several occasions he had seen girls about 12 years of age, loitering about at London Bridge, a suburb in the metropolis, at about 0200hrs and advised parents to stop shirking their responsibilities and keep a closer eye on their children.
He also appealed to the Methodist Church to think of ways, it could help to keep the children out of such activities.
Mr. Quansah, commended choristers for their crucial roles in the church, particularly, evangelism and urged them not to relent in their service to God
Preaching on the theme, Right Reverend Ebenezer Kwamina Abaka- Wilson, Bishop of the Cape Coast Diocese of the Methodist Church, noted that, the core mandate of Christians was to win souls for the Kingdom of God.
This, he said could be done through action, words and entirety of one’s life, indicating that, the followers of Christ in Antioch, were named Christians by non-followers of Christ because their lives reflected Christ’s personality.
He stressed the need for Christians to develop a stronger relationship with God, highlighting the need for every Christian to possess a set of tools of spirituality, which comprised stronger prayer life, regular bible study, compliance with the word of God and act of mercy.
He commended Choristers for their immense service to the church and reminded them that they had been called by God, like Angels in Heaven, to minister in songs and urged them to executive their mandated roles seriously and with discipline.