Help reverse increasing rate of teenage pregnancies – Deputy Minister

Accra, Sept. 4, GNA – Dr Bernice
Adiku-Heloo, the Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and
Innovation, has urged women to help reverse the increasing incidence of teenage
pregnancies in the communities.

She said as mothers and sisters, there was
the urgent need to bring the children, especially the girls, back on track so
as to arrest the situation.

“The economic demands of the day should not
cause us to neglect the children. They are our future,” she said.

Dr Adiku-Heloo was speaking at the official
opening of the 2016 Tema/Accra Presbytery Women Ministry rally in Accra on the
theme: “Thy Kingdom Come, Establishing Women for the Kingdom Business.”

She said women hold the key to societal
transformation and their well-being should necessarily be of concern to all.

It is in this direction, she said, that the
government is putting much effort into passing the Affirmative Action Bill to
enhance women participation in governance and decision-making at all levels.

Dr Adiku-Heloo urged the Church leadership
and the Women’s Ministry not to relent on efforts to put up an ultra-modern
vocational institute.

She urged the women to be ambassadors of
peace as the country moves towards the December 7 polls.

“So as electioneering continues and as we
march towards the polls, be the ambassador for peace, in your home, workplace,
community and wherever you find yourself, before, during and after the
elections on the 7th of December,” she said.

In a speech read on behalf of the two
presbyteries, Mrs Euphemia Gifty Agbavitor, the Accra Presbytery Leader, said
through the Women Ministry, some women were realising their God given
potentials while some have used the skills acquired to earn a living.

She said the objective of the rally is to
remind women of the call and duty to win souls for the Kingdom of God, adding
that children, spouses and close relations must be brought to the kingdom.

“If we are mindful and established in the
kingdom business, our children will be positively impacted which will affect
the church, the nation and the world as a whole,” she said.

On the December 7 polls, Mrs Agbavitor
appealed to Ghanaians to be mindful of their utterances in the election year
and urged the media to be circumspect in their reportage.

Besides political campaigns should be issues
based instead of personality attacks while political parties should control the
utterances and activities of their followers, she said.

“Ghanaians should be more tolerant in
dealing with each other. Our tribal or political differences should not tear us
apart,” she added.

GNA

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