The General Secretary’s Desk
The General Secretary of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Apostle Immanuel Tettey, delivered a powerful address at the annual Justice Conference organized by the GlobeServe Missionary Church in collaboration with the Westwood Community Church, USA. The conference, which has been tackling the critical issue of child slavery and child labour in Ghana, took place in Adidome this year, focusing on raising awareness in the Central and North Tongu districts of the Volta Region, which are considered sources of child labour in the fishing industry on the Volta Lake.
Since its inception in 2019, the Justice Conference has been held in both Ho and Yeji, with a primary goal of combating the deeply rooted issue of child labour and child slavery in Ghana. This year’s theme, “Child Slavery on the Volta Lake: The Role of the Church, Authorities, and Community Leaders,” underscored the importance of collective action in eradicating this menace.
Apostle Immanuel Tettey was a featured speaker at the conference and addressed the sub-topic, “God’s Heart for Justice: The Role of the Church.” In his speech, he emphasized the moral obligation of religious institutions and communities to advocate for justice and protect the rights of vulnerable children who are often forced into hazardous and exploitative labour conditions.
The conference drew a diverse audience, with chiefs, clergy members, social welfare representatives, Ghana Police Service officials, assembly members, and representatives from various churches in attendance. The presence of these key stakeholders highlighted the urgency and importance of addressing child slavery and child labour in Ghana collaboratively.
Child labour on the Volta Lake has long been a pressing issue in Ghana, with many children subjected to grueling and dangerous work in the fishing industry. The Central and North Tongu districts, where this year’s conference took place, have been identified as significant sources of child labourers who are sent to work on the Volta Lake.
The Justice Conference not only provided a platform for dialogue but also encouraged participants to explore practical solutions and strategies to combat child slavery and child labour in Ghana. It serves as a vital initiative in the ongoing fight for the rights and protection of vulnerable children in the country.
As Ghana continues its efforts to eradicate child labour and slavery, the involvement of influential organizations like the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, in collaboration with international partners, is expected to play a crucial role in achieving lasting change and securing a brighter future for the nation’s children.