Collaborative effort needed to stop child labour at e-waste dump sites – Kwaku Afriyie

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Minster Designate for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, says Ghana needs a collaborative effort to stop child labour at e-waste dump sites in Ghana.

Speaking to the Appointments Committee of Parliament on 19th February 2021, Kwaku Afriyie described the menace as a serious one which needs necessary attention.

He mentioned that the continuous inhaling of toxic fumes by the children can cause  many health problems to them.

He assured the committee that, he will collaborate with the Gender, Local Government, and Education Ministries to come up with a strategy to get the kids out of the dumpsites.

“Children working at e-waste dumpsites is a very serious problem. As a physician, I know that inhaling toxic fumes can cause so many health problems. It’s a social problem: its a function of poverty  of ignorance and neglect or dereliction of parental duty”

“As the lead minister in this arena, I will have to collaborate with my colleagues at the Gender, Local government, and Education Ministries so that we come up with a strategy to get the kids out of there. It’s not under the ambit of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation alone. We need a collaborative effort”, Kwaku Afriyie told the Committee. 

Ghana | | Vivian Adu Boatemaa