A Supreme Court judge, Justice William Atuguba, has stated that it is morally imperative for the rich in the country to continue to remember and show love to the poor and less fortunate who go through difficult moments to make a living.
He said gains made in the country’s democratic governance should not only be seen in terms of a peaceful change in government after the conduct of general elections, adding that the social status of people who cast votes during elections should be considered.
He made those comments when officials of the Pamela Bridgewater Project, a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) called on him at his office in Accra. He lauded the organisation’s initiative to help educate female porters and disadvantaged children in the country.
Dubbed: ‘Sponsor Kayayei to School Programme,’ the campaign was to assist female porters, popularly referred to as ‘kayayei’, who have migrated from the northern sector of the country to the south in search of menial jobs, to go to school. The programme will also provide similar opportunities to school-age children who found themselves out of school, and those in the streets of Accra.
Social harmony and cohesion
Justice Atuguba said social harmony and cohesion could be achieved when conscious efforts were made by the state and the private sectors to initiate policies that were friendly to the poor.
Justice Atuguba called on corporate institutions and individuals to join the campaign to give education to the young girls to make them responsible citizens in the future.
The communication officer of the Pamela Bridgewater Project, Mr B.M. Bulmuo, said the ‘Sponsor Kayayei to School Programme’ aimed at sponsoring girls who found themselves in disadvantaged positions to go to school, and appealed to the public to support the programme to make it a success.
Five children who were beneficiaries of the programme were introduced to Justice Atuguba at his office (at the Supreme Court). They were Hamdiya Abubakar, Hubayda Mumuni and Fadila Yakubu who have been enrolled to start school at the Kubori RC Primary School, while Seidu Saduh and Murjana Zakariya will be at Get Forward International School at Kubugu in the Mamprusi-Moagduri District, all in the Northern Region.