SISSALA E: MP vows to collaborate in tackling abduction of girls
|Sulemana Alijata Gbentie(MP)|| |
Newly elected Member of Parliament for the Sissala East constituency, Hon Sulemena Alijata Gbentie is seeking to wage a fight against abduction of girls in the area to considerably dampen the protracted age practice common among people in the Sissala East district.
An average of 50 young girls below the ages of 15 and 17 are reportedly abducted for marriage every year in the Sissala East, Jirapa, and Lambussie/Karni districts in the Upper West region.
Speaking to Ghanadistricts.com in an interview after her electoral success as the Member of Parliament for the area, Hon Sulemana Gbentie intimated that one of her major social concerns was on the issue of abduction of girls for marriage in the area.
She noted that this practice also contributed to the high spate of school dropout amongst girls in the basic school levels in the communities of the area.
According to her, the spill over effect of such act dominant in the area was enormous as it disenfranchised the girl-child of some rights, but the MP has expressed her commitment to join forces with other non-governmental organizations(NGO’s), Community Based Organizations(CBO’s) and other related agencies to deepen sensitization programmes against this practice.
“I cannot champion it alone, but need the assistance of other stakeholders on-board to help curb the situation on the ground”, she pointed out.