The national identification and the property addressing systems will be used to help remove child beggars from the streets, the Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Protection has announced.

It acknowledged that although some efforts had been made by successive governments to resolve the menace of child beggars, it had been very challenging due to the absence of adequate national data on children.

Addressing a news conference as a prelude to the commemoration of the 2017 Day of the African Child in Accra yesterday, a Deputy Minister of Gender, Ms Gifty Twum Ampofo, explained that all efforts by the ministry to reconcile children beggars to their families had failed because the children often gave wrong addresses and identities of themselves to avoid being taken from the streets.

She was optimistic that after the completion of the national identification system and the property addressing system, it would be easier to reconcile such children to their families, while pragmatic measures would be put in place to deal with parents whose children would be found on the streets.

The national identification project is expected to be completed within the first year of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration, in fulfilment of a manifesto pledge to complete the registration of all residents in Ghana, thereby establishing an integrated data warehouse of databases from key public institutions,

As part of the process of registration, the biometric data of children world be taken and synchronised with those of their parents for easy identification…