The Child Rights International says the state must be interested in the issue of the kidnapped girls and consider it as a national crisis to develop strategies to bring finality to the menace.
This is part of a three-point measure it intends rolling out after declaring support for the families of the girls who were kidnapped between August and December last year.
In an interview with Starr News, the Executive Director of Child Rights International, Bright Appiah said the case must be considered as a national crisis to help formulate strategies to bring finality of the issue
”I think that appropriate forum must be engaged to ensure that the family have access to the needed information that would give them the assurance as to the whereabouts of the children and also the state of the children brings some kind of relief to the family. The state must be interested in this particular issue in the sense that we need to consider it as a national crisis”.he indicated.
The Executive Director of Child Rights International Bright Appiah also added that the organization is considering petitioning parliament over the three kidnapped girls in Takoradi.
”There are three steps we are going to look at, first of all, reporting the matter to parliament to take action on that. If that fails, we will engage the court if possible to ascertain some fundamentals about the announcement that has been made and where we need information in regards to the whereabouts of the missing girls, we would do that. We really want to see how best the system can respond to it in terms of the social services programme we would have to put in place. We hope that the necessary things would be done to ensure that the girls are brought back to the family”.he added.
Kidnapped girls will be reunited with their families – Regional Minister
Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, the new Western Regional Minister has assured the public of government’s eagerness to reunite the girls with their families.
He noted that the police had engaged in a frantic search for girls adding that, “I want to assure all the residents that together with the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the security agencies, we will definitely bring back the kidnapped girls.”
The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) recently took over investigations into the kidnapping of the three girls.
Security personnel from the United Kingdom and the USA are also helping the police.
The girls, Ruth Quayson, Priscilla Blessing Bentum and Priscilla Koranchie are believed to have been kidnapped between August 2018 and January 2019.
The main suspect in the kidnapping, Sam Udoetuk Wills is currently before a court after he escaped from jail in December 2018 following his first arrest.
Over the period, residents in the metropolis have voiced concern over the pace at which investigations have progressed.
Some groups have held protests and also petitioned the President and the Sekondi Regional Coordinating Council over the case.