Abuja - The Akwa-Ibom State joint task force on education arrested 12 children of school-going age for hawking and loitering during school hours in Uyo.
These were detained at the A division of the Nigerian Police in the city.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Education Matters for Uyo Senatorial District, Christy Akpan, led the operation.
The team raised concern at the attitude of parents and care givers for allowing the minors to hawk during school hours, stressing that any child residing in the state was expected to be part of the free and compulsory education program introduce by the state government.
The team also visited Uyo High School where Uko enjoined the students to pay attention to their studies.
Pastor Joel Ibanga of the International Students and Youths Fellowship, who was also on the team, spoke to the students on the dangers of cultism.
At the Government Technical College in Ewet Offot, the team advised the student to stay away from trouble and to study hard and make their state proud.
Akpan said the exercise would be a continuous one and enjoined parents to ensure that their wards are in schools during school hours.
– CAJ News