610 people went missing in Ghana between 2021-2023 – Report

Nana Oye Bampoe Addo

A recent report by Missing Ghana, a non-profit organization that works with the Ghana Police Service and Department of Social Welfare has disclosed that 610 people, mostly children, have been reported missing in Ghana since 2021.

Former Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection, Nana Oye Bampoe-Addo, emphasized critical shortcomings in Ghana’s efforts to protect children.

Speaking on TV3’s Newday, she expressed concern about the lack of a specialized unit within security agencies dedicated to missing children and child protection, resulting in a lack of data on these important issues.

The former minister noted that reliance on external sources like the Missing Ghana website was necessary.

“Regarding security, it seems that our security agencies do not have a unit specifically focused on missing children or child protection. Additionally, we lack a strategic framework to address this issue effectively,” said the former minister.

“I am uncertain if such a unit exists; we know about the trafficking unit, but even they lack sufficient data. Organizations like Missing Ghana provide vital data that is missing from our local agencies. For example, between 2021 and 2023, 610 people went missing, with the majority being children.”

Security Analyst Richard Kumadoe, also on TV3’s Newday, expressed concern about the fragmented approach to addressing missing children in the country, labeling it a growing public safety issue.

“The community helps the police address some of these issues. There has been a disjointed effort to find solutions to why children go missing, resulting in increasing numbers. This situation undoubtedly raises public safety concerns.”

Given these alarming statistics, security experts have advised the public to take proactive measures.

They recommend parents educate children about personal information and emergency contacts, establish safe zones and protocols, utilize technology like GPS trackers and safety apps, and remain vigilant in public places as essential precautions.

July 8, 2024

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