MP criticizes President for not highlighting kidnapping girls in SoNA

By Christopher Arko, GNA 

Accra, March 8 GNA – Dr
Bernice Adiku Heloo, Member of Parliament (MP) for Hohoe has faulted President
Nana Akufo-Addo for not highlighting the issue of the three kidnappings girls
in Takoradi in the State of the Nation (SoNA)Address.

According to her the
kidnappings of the three girls in Takoradi is an important public matter which
must not be relegated to the background.

“I echoed it when the
SONA was read but the President did not mention it, you are having a public
address, why was it not put on the front burner”? 

Dr Bernice
Adiku-Heloo gave the criticism when she spoke with the media in parliament on
the celebration of the International Women’s Day 2019.

The theme for this
year’s celebration is: “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.

Dr Heloo also stated
that the celebration of the International Women’s Day offers the country
opportunity to highlight the need for greater effort in the quest to address
the reported cases of kidnapping in the country.

She said though
kidnapping has never been a common crime in Ghana, it was is becoming a serious
concern in recent months.

“As we speak, the girls
have not been released despite their families paying various sums of money as
ransom to the kidnappers” she said.

Dr Heloo also called
on the Police to intensify their investigations to rescue the girls at all cost
and unite them with their families.

She advised parents
to provide for the needs of children especially the girl child so that they not
lured on the social media by the kidnappers with material things such as mobile
phones, shoes etc.

She urged government
to increase public awareness on the matter so that parents can educate their
children well on the issue.

Dr Heloo further
called on the government to pass the Affirmative Action Bill and encourage the
current Gender Minister to continue pressing till the bill is approved.

She said God created
women and men with the same mentally abilities but only differ physically
saying the equality women are talking about is not physical strength but the
inner qualities.

She called on
government to expand the social protection systems to enable more people have
access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.

GNA

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