Ghana has been acting as host to delegates from eight other African countries attending a five-day employers' seminar on population and family welfare planning.
Ghana has been acting as host to delegates from eight other African countries attending a five-day employers' seminar on population and family welfare planning. The seminar is being held in the State House in Accra.
At Monday's (7 May) opening session, employers from Botswana, Ethiopia, Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria, Sudan, Swaziland and tanzania, as well as Ghana, were urged by the Ghanaian Commissioner for Transport and Communications, Maj. Kuame Asante, to use their business acumen in tackling the problem of birth control to ensure better living standards.
Major Asante said the seminar -- organised by the international Labour office (ILO) -- was aimed at clarifying the role which employers should adopt in promoting activities to encourage judicious emily planning amongst their workers.
The ILO's Regional Director for Africa, Mr. M.A.O. Ndisi, said in his opening address that the high rate of population growth in many African countries today could create serious problems tomorrow if effective action was not embarked upon now.
The Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, Mr. G.G. Feliciano, told the seminar that many African countries had not yet had a single population census. Before the problem of birth control could be tackled properly, much more needed to be known about population numbers and structures.
Ghara's Commissioner for Industries, Major K.B. Agbo, was among officials who attended the opening of the seminar, which ended on Friday (11 MAY).