Abeokuta - The Ogun government on Wednesday banned street hawking and trading by school-aged children during school hours.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Elizabeth Sonubi, announced the ban at a sensitisation rally in Abeokuta.
She warned that any child caught violating the order twice would be warned, and if arrested the third time would be remanded at the state juvenile home.
Sonubi said that the child would only be released after payment of a specified fine and presentation of tax receipts by his or her parents or guardian.
"We want every child to take opportunity of what they have now and ensure they acquire skills.
"We want parents and guardians to monitor their children as they are the leaders of tomorrow.
"If we take care of them, there will be peace in our homes, state and the nation at large,’’ she said.
Sonubi implored parents and guardians to monitor the educational and moral development of their wards to enable them become productive citizens in the future.
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