Gender ministry now adoption home after Otiko’s removal – Mona Quartey ,
Former deputy Minister of Finance Mona Quarter has chastised the NPP government for removing Otiko Djaba from office as Gender, Children and Social Protection minister.
According to Mrs. Quartey, the former gender minister was on top of issues at her ministry at the time she was reassigned.
She made this observation at a public lecture in Accra, claiming the ministry has now been reduced to an avenue through which children are adopted.
“We were all surprised when one of the fore-runners of the Akufo-Addo,Bawumia regime was let go as the minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection.
“We were very surprised; this was the woman who was really pushing that ministry forward. I must say even though she was not one of us as NDC, she was a strong woman who pushed that ministry, but she was let go, and today what do we see, we see that ministry just adopting children rather than solving the situation,” Mrs. Quartey said.
The former deputy finance minister’s comment comes on the back of a decision by the current Gender Minister, Cynthia Morrison to adopt a cerebral palsy patient in Elmina who was buried alive for his condition.
Earlier, Ms. Morrison also adopted a 5-year old boy whose left limp was amputated following punishment meted out to him by his step-mother.
According to Mona Quartey, the ministry is unable to deal with real issues affecting women and children in the country.
“We see the ministry not able to work with the security agencies to find missing girls, to resolve issues amongst women, but rather they have allowed these things to slip, and it is all being a talk shop.”