- Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona said the council was working with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to develop a by-law to give the decision a legal teeth
The Osu Traditional Council has warned parents to make sure their wards under the age of 15 are always kept indoors after 9pm, insisting failure to do so would attract some sanctions.
Speaking in an interview with the Mirror, the Osu Mantse, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona, disclosed that the Council was in talks with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to enact a by-law that will formalise the decision.
He warned that if the curfew is implemented, failure to comply could see parents handed hefty fines and their wards also possibly arrested.
According to him, the Council is working hard to make sure that this decision is implemented before 2017 ends, adding that a task force will be formed to work hand-in-hand with the security services to make sure residents abide by it.
Nii Dowuona said a curfew to restrain children in the Osu community has become necessary due to their underperformance when it comes to academics.
He noted that many children usually roam the streets of Osu at night with the consent of their parents and that derails their seriousness with education.
According to him, the responsibility of children is no longer entrusted into the hands of only parents and teachers, but also every well-meaning person in the community.
To this end, he believes enacting such a by-law will go a long way to save the futures of children in Osu, especially the ones below the age of 15.
“We want to ensure that the children stay in school. Going to school is not only the teacher’s responsibility. It is for parents and the community as well, so we are not sitting down to allow this to continue," Nii Dowuona said.
“The best legacy we can leave our children is good and sound education and I don’t think allowing our children to loiter in town when they can be doing their homework or reading something useful is the way to do it."
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He added: “Today, we leave the upkeep of children to only their parents but on hindsight, children are everybody’s responsibility. Our children are the responsibility of our communities. If the child excels, people will point at Osu, if he or she fails too, fingers will be pointed at Osu."