Mr. Kwesi Amissah-Arthur says government will combat the increasing rate of child labour on cocoa farms in the rural areas.
In order to eliminate the abuse of child labour in Ghana, the Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur says government has introduced the Child Education Support Programme to eradicate child labour on cocoa farms.
Mr. Amissah-Arthur speaking at the cocoa dinner organized by the Federation of Cocoa Commerce held at the Grosvenor House, London, United Kingdom expressed government concerns over the increased illiteracy in the cocoa farming areas.
He said, Ghana is putting pragmatic measures in place to solve the problem.
The dinner, dubbed “West meets east”, brought together over 900 people from the International cocoa community, world leaders such as Mr. Muhammed Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Paul Boateng, former Chief Secretary of the Treasury and Mr. Victor Smith, Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur said the provision of educational infrastructure was to give opportunity to children living in deprived cocoa communities to access quality education and better livelihood.