There is currently more than 7,000 street children within the Central Business District (CBD) of the Kumasi Metropolis, leakynews.net has been informed.
During the year 2013, 7,831 was recorded as the total number of street connected girls and boys living within central Kumasi, of which 649 live permanently on the street.
5,455 out the total were girls and the remaining 2376 were also boys.
This was captured during a survey carried out by officials of StreetInvest under the coordination of executives of Muslim Family Counseling Services (MFCS).
However in a recent interview with Mr. Tijani Mamudu -Street Work Manager for MFCS, he brought to light that the figures have shot up astronomically and are likely to double in the next ten years-a worrying situation which calls for an urgent attention and redemptive measures from government.
A high number of these children he underlined are into prostitution and are based in locations including Asafo (behind the cold stores), Pampaso, Adum (Nsuase), Alabar, Aboabo station, Bombay.
“They are very dominant at Asafo”,he indicated.
He went further to reveal that majority of the girls are migrants from the northern part of Ghana and are engaged in some income generating activities such as head porting (kayaye),commercial sex work and cleaning of dishes in chop bar.
Their typical areas of origin are Guan (Gonja), Dagomba, Mamprusi and Kusasi.
Shockingly, some of these girls according to the survey have boyfriends for protection.
They tend to sleep in groups in slum areas such as Asawasi, Asafo and Bombay.
Unlike the girls, majority of the boys living/working on the streets of Kumasi are from surrounding villages and regions.
Few are actually from Kumasi (runaways) and are less frequently born unto the street.
Their typical areas of origin are Ashanti region, Brong Ahafo, Central Region and Greater Accra.
For Mr. Tijani, the only way the Ministry of Gender, children and Social Protection and for that matter government can address the situation is by doing more of data collection else all policy interventions will prove futile.
“Until that is done, a lot of programs aimed at addressing the situation will never be effective”, he advised.
By Enock Akonnor