person_pin Rita Ureh
query_builder June 13, 2018 15:34:36

By Kennedy Aniedozie

Awka, June 13, 2018 (MOI) Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mezue has cautioned against child labour and other related cases of child abuse in Anambra.

Mrs Mezue said this during a flag-off campaign against child labour and human trafficking to commemorate the 2018 World Child Labour Day in Awka.

The commissioner said that Anambra government created an enabling environment for parents and guardians to support the training of their children in schools in the state.

Mrs Mezue, the campaign that took them through Ziks Avenue, Eke Awka Market and Aroma junction, noted that parents should stop using children as `slaves’ to vend water in sachet bags, groundnuts and other items instead of sending them to schools.

However, the commissioner noted that the ministry has temporary welfare centre at Abagana, where children found hawking during school hours would be detained until their parents could offer cogent reasons why they were made to hawk items instead of being in schools.

The commissioner later gave out school fees to four children (names withheld), who complained that they were compelled to vend water by their parents as they could not afford their schools fees. (MOI)