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General News of Sunday, 27 October 2019

Source: Lily Mohammed

Heads porters to benefit from Alternative Livelihood Programme


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The ministry of local government and rural development is calling for a holistic approach to solve the Kayaye menace in the country.

In an address by the director in charge of human resource, Fati Lily Sorlo, at a ‘kaya Conference’’ to empower head potters assured of government’s commitment to providing descent work for Ghanaians through the alternative livelihood programme.

The head porters, popularly known as ‘Kayayes’ are mainly girls, as young as six years old, who migrate mainly from the Northern, Upper West and Upper East regions to in search of greener pastures.

Mostly found in Accra and Kumasi, these girls generate their income by carrying loads for traders and customers in exchange for money.

The informal nature of their work exposes these Kayayes to human rights violations, including theft, verbal abuse and gender based violence.

It is against this backdrop, that the Limo Foundation, a non-governmental organization organized the ‘’Kaya Conference’’ to empower these girls and the marginalised in the society. The director in charge of resources at the ministry of Local government and rural development, Fati Lily Sorlo who read a speech on behalf of the minister said, government has taken pragmatic measures to stop the Kayaye menace.

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