Edo - The Edo Government has warned that any child found hawking during school hours would be held and the parents sanctioned.
Mrs Florence Ebomoyi-Idundun, the Permanent Secretary, Edo Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Tuesday.
She said this was in line with the State Government’s commitment to ensuring strict implementation of the Child Rights Law.
She said that committees had been set up to monitor and protect children against all forms of abuses and hawking on the streets.
``The government has put in place Implementation Committees and Child Rights Watch groups in the 18 Local Government Areas of the state to make the Child Rights Act effective, ’’ she said.
Ebomoyi-Idundun called on members of the public to report cases of child abuse to the police, rescue centres and other institutions that could provide redress.
She said that the Act, which was passed into law in October 2007 in the state, incorporated all the rights and responsibilities of children.
The permanent secretary added that the law provides for the development, survival, protection and participation rights of children in Edo.
According to her, the ministry has replicated the Child Rights Law Committee and Child Rights Watch Group in the 18 Local Governments to ensure full and strict implementation.
Ebomoyi-Idundun urged parents to take advantage of the beautiful schools that had been provided by Gov Adams Oshiomhole, to send their wards to school.
She stressed the need for government at all levels to put policies and measures in place to reduce poverty so that parents could provide qualitative education for their wards.