The Upper West Regional Directorate of the Department of Children in collaboration with Pollie Kids with funding support from Plan International Ghana organised the maiden sitting of the newly outdoored Children’s Parliament in Wa, regional capital of the Upper West Region on May 27, 2021.
The Upper West Children’s Parliament after its inauguration had its first sitting where matters concerning children were tabled and deliberated on by both the Majority and Minority sides of the house.
Among the four motions tabled for deliberation in the house of which all were matters concerning children, Female Genital Mutilation was so topical and the two sides of the house presented lucid opinions on the motion.
The occasion brought together luminaries form the Gender Ministry, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice(CHRAJ), Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVSU) as well as traditional leaders, Heads of Basic Schools and a host of other departmental heads.
Addressing the house, the Upper West Regional Director of the Department of Children, Matilda Chireh stated that proceedings of the Children’s Parliament imitates the proceedings of Ghana’s Parliament house and was optimistic that nothing will contravene in terms of processes and proceedings.
She strongly advocated for the inclusion of children in decisions that matters children’s affairs. The Director further indicated that motions that will be deliberated and agreed upon by the house will be taken us the true reflection of children in the region.
Mrs Chireh again indicated that the Children’s Parliament will also serve as an avenue for the deliberation of matters concerning children and champion the course of children’s right.
On her part, Madam Fati Koree, Deputy Chief Director at the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council who represented the Upper West Regional Minister Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, congratulated the children in their elections as members of the house. She also thanked the Department of Children and Plan International Ghana for the initiative.
Madam Fati seized the opportunity and charged the children to use the house and discuss on challenges that affects children. She mentioned child marriage, teenage pregnancy, child labour, malnutrition among others as some of the issues affecting children in the region urging the leaders of the house to table them for deliberations in order to clock the attention of policy makers and the relevant authorities towards mitigating them.
Meanwhile, the Speaker Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Zakia adjourned proceedings to September 18, 2021 after a motion was moved by the majority leader, Abubakari Nafiw and seconded by the minority leader, Ibrahim Muhasinah Yelimana.
The dignitaries present were overwhelmed over the spectacular performance and intellectual deliberations showcased by the children.