Regional News of Friday, 13 June 2014

Source: GNA

Gender Ministry salutes fathers

Nana Oye Lithur, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection on the eve of 2014 Father’s Day commemoration has commended Ghanaian Fathers for providing leadership, courage, guidance, discipline, foresight, and determination to move the entire family forward.

“As the world celebrates fathers, on behalf of the Ghanaians family the Ministry salutes the many fathers who have been supportive of their families by among other things, assisting with children’s home work, attending Parent Teacher Association meetings.

“Visiting the antenatal clinics and going to the markets; these efforts are commendable as they reinforce the concepts of mutual respect and collaboration in our relationships as opposed to the unequal power relations that have characterised many families.

Nana Oye Lithur in an interview with the Ghana News Agency to mark International Father’s Day slated for June 15,said “This renewed Ghanaian fatherhood inspires hope,”

Nana Oye Lithur who is also the President of Bureau of Ministers of Social Development for ECOWAS countries noted “may your courage, leadership, wisdom and determination continue to inspire us to greater achievements, and may others take after your good example to impact our generation, leaving a lasting legacy for those to come”.

She also encouraged fathers facing any challenge as they endeavour to play their roles….“may you be strengthened to stand firm knowing that your efforts will produce significant impact in the lives of the many transformational leaders you are raising”.

She encouraged mothers and children to engage and undertake some special exercise at home for "the father...lets celebrate the fathers with dignity".