In its quest to protect the constitutional rights of children across Guyana, the Rights of the Child Commission (RCC) has been receiving an increased number in cases of abuse and neglect.This information was related to Guyana Times during an interview with the investigative officer and Human Rights Activist at the RCC, Andre Gonsalves, who indicated that there are 26 pending cases along with 53 dating back to 2017. Within these, some also deal with underage pregnancies and discrimination.“We have currently 26. We had 53 and of that 53 which is from last year, we would’ve referred many of them to the Child Care and Protection Agency and to the Police. We also refer them to the Ministry of Social Protection and we do follow up to ensure that the matter continues to receive attention. The numbers so far have been increasing but what we should look at is what particular type of cases are coming in more often than the others,” Gonsalves said.It was relayed that in the school setting, many reports are filed of discriminatory cases. In his perspective, this continues because the Education Ministry has not established policies to engage discussions and solutions for such incidences.“Most of the cases that we’ve received have to do with neglect and abuse in all its forms and we have some discriminatory cases in the school setting. The Ministry doesn’t really have any policy to engage or to remedy such and even our laws in the Constitution don’t really give us any actions so that is definitely a vulnerable group.”In the teenage and underage pregnancy cases where the father may be the only provider for the mother and child, there are programmes set up to monitor and offer counselling to the family or a similar organisation is called that can provide support.The activist claimed, “We have some instances where a child may have a baby at 15. Police may not have the will to go and arrest the father because one of the popular notions is that who will take care of the child? With cases like that, we would provide counselling for the teenage mother. In this way, we would seek institutions or an NGO to offer that.”Recently, a study was conducted to attain information on the magnitude of juvenile crime in Guyana and the statistical information found indicates that the Sophia Holding Centre is in the highly concentrated region for such crimes. However, there was a stretch from Sparendaam in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) to Springlands in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) with a prevalence of wandering and simple larceny.“We did an analysis of juvenile crime in Guyana and we found that most of these crime, the catchment area was the Sophia Holding Centre, so we found that most of them were from Sparendaam to Springlands in Region Six. However, there is a bigger concentration in the Sparendaam to Vigilance area,” he said.From this, it was decided that parenting programmes should be the next item on the agenda of the RCC.“Most of them were victimless, non-economical. Some of them were wandering and simple larceny. We found that those were because of a necessity, hunger, the family environment. That’s why we advocating for better parenting programmes.”Meanwhile, Chairperson of the organization, Aleema Nazir, provided additional statistics which indicate that 65 per cent of children at the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) holding centres are held for wandering.
“My mother always wanted me to play for Gor Mahia and she told me before I retire officially from football, I have to play for this club. My father as well wished for me to play for Gor and since it was their dream and wish, I have to fulfil it,” Oliech revealed in an exclusive interview with Capital Sport.He added; “I am pleased that this is finally happening just pending the final bit of paperwork and this is my gift to them. The first goal will be dedicated to them.”Oliech was extremely close with his late mother Mary Auma who passed on in July after a battle bravely borne with cancer and the 33-year old says it gives him extreme pleasure to be fulfilling her biggest wish and joining the 17-time champions.Harambee Stars legend Dennis Oliech cools himself down after his first training session with Gor Mahia at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It is my first day today so I have to take some time and get to know the players and the coaches as well. For me, it is a step at a time and within a week, I know I will have picked momentum and be at a good place,” the striker said.The forward further states that what further prompted him to sign for Gor and not any other club is that their playing style suited him and he knows he is at a place where he can score as many goals as he targets.“I decided to come to Gor further not because it’s a big club or because of money. I looked at the team and I knew I could have success because if you look at the midfielders like Berry ((George Odhiambo) and Hum (Humphrey Mieno), they are players who know me and know how I play and they can feed me balls,”“You can be in a club as a good striker but without a good midfield, you can’t achieve much. For me at Gor, this is not an issue,” Oliech stated.Harambee Stars legend Dennis Oliech after his first training session with Gor Mahia at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOliech who at some point this year trained with South African top tier side Free State Stars with a view to sign has been out of club football for the last two years, his last professional football club being Dubai Sports Club where he left early 2016.The former FC Nantes, Auxerre and Ajaccio forward believes he is not way far from fitness and will be back to his best in a matter of time.“I have been working on my fitness, playing tournaments back in the hood and I have also been doing gym work. For me, it is just a matter of time, probably three or four days and I will be clicking in the right direction,” he added.His imminent arrival has sprouted excitement amongst not only the players but head coach Hassan Oktay who sees him as a brilliant addition to the side as they seek to achieve bigger things in the new season.“I am looking forward to have him in the team and I have looked at him in training today and talked to him as well and I know he will be a huge plus for us. It is also good for the young players to have a player like him in the team because there is so much they can learn from Dennis,” The Cypriot coach said.Harambee Stars legend Dennis Oliech with defender Wellington Ochieng after his first training session with Gor Mahia at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKajole as his peers from his Dagoretti hood know him as has already stated his targets for the new season and has pegged an ambitious target of netting at least 25 goals this season, a tally that would be a record in the new era of the KPL.“I want to score 30 goals this season; at worse, maybe 25. I know I can do it. Currently my focus is on Gor Mahia and helping the club go as far as possible in the Confederations Cup as well as defending the KPL title,” noted the forward.As much as there is excitement with his return to playing top flight football, he knows there will be pressure on his shoulders to deliver and he says this will be a motivation for him to work harder and achieve bigger targets with the club.“For me, this is some big pressure because people will expect me to score every time. I have to work hard because if I don’t score, people will start saying I would rather have just stayed retired instead of coming back to play,” he noted.The Saturday tie against Kariobangi Sharks might be too early for Oliech to come on board, but he might be in line for his debut next Wednesday when Gor host Chemelil Sugar in Machakos.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars legend Dennis Oliech with Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay after his first training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 28 – Harambee Stars legend Dennis Oliech is only a signature away from officially joining record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia and the forward says in becoming K’Ogalo’s new acquisition, he will be fulfilling his late mother’s wish.Oliech trained for the first time with Gor on Friday morning putting to rest speculation on whether or not the striker would be joining the side and he says it is only a matter of finalizing the paperwork and he will be officially don the green and white. read more