To Sanction Erring Parents
The Delta State Government has banned under- aged street trading, blaming the child rights’ Act ineffectiveness on Parents failure to ensure proper care of their children and wards.
Barrister Bridget Ayanfulu, Senior special Assistant to the Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa who confirmed the ban, told journalists yesterday in Asaba that under-aged children were becoming too frequent on the streets across the state when they were supposed to be in school learning, rather they are selling pure water and fruits for their parents.
Ayanfulu noted that this has been a source of embarrassment to the State government, adding that the ban would be followed to the letter with a view to ensuring the children are taken out of the streets.
Adding that the state government would sanction erring parents for their negligence, the SSA lamented that over 10,000 under-aged children are on the streets, especially at Ibusa Junction, selling pure water and fruits when they were supposed to be in school.
Some of the hawkers who spoke to The Guardian on condition of anonymity, said they ventured into selling pure water to eke a living, regretting that they have no helper to care for them.