“Enforce bye-laws on gaming centres”, assemblies urged
Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA
Koforidua, Feb. 6,
GNA – The Eastern Region Child Protection Committee (RCPC) has called on the
various municipal and district assemblies in the region to enforce the bye-laws
on gaming centres.
The RCPC said this
would ensure that children are prevented from patronizing the gaming centres to
the detriment of their education.
Tete-Donkor, the Chairman of the RCPC, said the rise in the gaming centres
business was alarming considering the high patronage of the centres by school
He said in
Koforidua, a special team collating
information on these gaming centres doubling as internet cafés, has identified
10 of such facilities being patronized by children.
Mr Tete-Donkor, who
doubles as the Eastern Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare,
said Section 48 of the Nation Gaming Act prohibits children from coming near
the centres and there is the need to enforce this Act.
He said despite the
alarming rate of children patronizing these centres even during school hours,
the New Juaben Municipal Assembly had not shown any commitment to support his
outfit to address the concern.
The gaming centres,
though are licensed by the National Communication Authority and the National
Gaming Commission, it’s the assemblies that grant them the business operating
permits within their jurisdictions, he said.
The assemblies in
this regard have a responsibility through their social services committees to
protect children from patronizing these centres.
The RCPC at its
first quarter meeting in Koforidua instituted a three-man delegation to engage
the National Communications Authority and the Gaming Commission on ways to
forestall the involvement of children in their activities.
The Committee also
discussed other issues affecting the wellbeing of children and cited child
prostitution and teenage pregnancies, exploitative labour of children as some
of the issues to be focused on.