The Former Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Joseph Yammin is calling for an end to “the lip-service being paid to the care and protection of the aged and vulnerable in society”, resulting in their seeming neglect and maltreatment.
He is unhappy that such people are manhandled by their family members due to the erroneous impression that they are witches and a curse to the families they belong.
Yammin is also advocating stiffer punitive measures against people who maltreat the aged and vulnerable, as well as some ‘men of God’ whose activities are a catalyst to the perpetration of crimes against the aged and vulnerable in society. “Certain religious pronouncements in the form of prophecies and traditional practices continue to contribute to the disrespect and maligning of the aged and vulnerable, situation that is an affront on human rights provisions in the country’s statute books and international conventions on decency and human rights”, Yammin maintained on Asankrangwa based Royal 89.3FM’s “Yeresua adee” morning show.
The former minister was full of praise for the government for increasing the number of beneficiaries under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Program(LEAP) describing it as President Mahama’s booty to the disadvantaged in society through the ingenuity of sector Minister, Nana Oye Lithur. He has therefore called on stakeholders and Ghanaians at large to mobilize resources towards the care and protection of the aged, vulnerable and physically challenged in the country.