By James Esuon, GNA
14, GNA - The Member of Parliament (MP) for Agona West, Mrs. Cynthia Mamle
Morrison, has admonished Muslim leaders and Chief Imams to use their prayer
periods and other social gatherings to educate parents to stop marrying their
girls off at an early age.
She said forcing
girls into early marriage was unacceptable because it affected their education
and social life.
who is also the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, gave the
advice when she addressed Muslim leaders and Chief Imams in Agona West at a
get-together, as part of activities to mark Eid-Ul-Adha celebration at Swedru,
together was organized by the MP and Direct AID, a Non-Governmental
Organization based in Kuwait, on Monday.
She said the
phenomenon was of serious concern to her Ministry and it had therefore started
series of fora’s in all four communities in Agona West and other Zongo
communities nationwide to sensitize Muslim women and men about the dangers of
said it was important for Muslim leaders and Chief Imams to intensify the
campaign against early marriage, which was against the laws of the country.
introduction of free Senior High School (SHS) by the President Akufo-Addo’s had
given ample opportunity for Muslim girls to take the “bull by the horn” to
acquire higher education, she stated.
Communities were being sensitised to stop female genital mutilation, trokosi
and other practices, which militate against the welfare of women and children,
to help promote the development of the girl-child.
commended Muslims in Agona West for the peaceful celebration of the Eid-ul-Adha
and expressed the hope that peace would continue to prevail.
Malik, National Organizer of AL- Suna Muslim sects, on behalf of the Zongo
Chiefs and Imams expressed appreciation to Mrs Morrison for organizing the
get-together for them.
He said prayers
for all leaders and Goverment to continue to undertake developmental programmes
for Muslims and the entire Country.
Organizer of AL-Suna Muslim said the exhortations given to the Muslim leaders
and Chiefs on early marriage of girls would be heeded, adding that, the feast
would help renew the tie between the MP and Muslims in Agona West and other
parts of the country.