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Anambra State's Commissioner For Children And Women Affairs, Rescues School Aged Children Engaging In Hawking During School Hours.

"as four were returned back to school."

By Vincent O Ezechukwu

In compliance with the directive by Governor, Willie Obiano, of Anambra State, to end Child Labour In the state, the State Commissioner for Children and Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, today led a campaign to Clampdown on children hawking goods on the streets during school hours. 

The team which is mandated to identify and rescue these under aged children hawking goods or engaging  in other business activities   during school hours, was led by the Honorable Commissioner in the ministry of Children And Women Affairs,  the team was able to spot and rescue some school aged children, who were engaging in business activities, and hawking goods at Eke Awka Market, Awka, Anambra State.

Speaking during the exercise, that is geared towards eradicating  child labour in Anambra State, Lady Mezue, made it clear that she is not against children helping their parents to provide for their families, she however, insisted that it should not be at detriment of the children's right to education, she noted that; "parents should endeavor to send their children to school and avoid risking their future by denying them opportunity to acquire at least basic education" while emphasising that there is zero tolerance on Child Labour In Anambra State. 

Some of the school aged children that were picked up from the streets,  were mostly from  neighboring states, but residing in Anambra State  with their parents.  They were subsequently returned to their schools to continue with their education. Some of  the schools include; St, Mary  Primary school,
Central School, Ezinato National School and Community Secondary School, all in Awka Capital territory. 

The Honorable Commissioner, after addressing the Head and class teachers of the children, cleared the bills owned by the pupils which they claimed were responsible for their absent at school. This act of kindness, she claimed was to enable the indigent children attend school without interruption or any form of distraction.

Consequently, contacts were eastablised between the parents and guidance of the children and the Hon Commissioner, they were therefore summoned to the various schools of their children for monitoring and follow up on their education.

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