A don, Prof. Albert Olayemi, has urged all tiers of government to effective enforce the Child Rights Law that prohibits child labour and street hawking by children
Olayemi, a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Management Services of the University of Ilorin, made the call on Wednesday at a roundtable in University of Ilorin.
According to him, street hawking has become pervasive among children at the lower strata of the society, in addition to other problems such as child trafficking and rape.
The don pointed out that the failure of authorities to check the trend among the downtrodden in the society makes such social vices to thrive.
Olayemi noted that there are more girls than boys engaging in street-hawking which has its inherent dangers.
“We feel that with urbanisation and the expanse in population and social evils that pervade the society, children should be spared by any means from this practice.
“It is no longer worthy and it cannot be seen as a way of bringing up a child anymore because of this hazard,” he warned.
He appealed to the media and other stakeholders to raise awareness on the inherent dangers of street hawking and child labour so that the relevant agencies can wake up to their responsibilities.
Contributing, Prof. Taofeek Ibrahim, the Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikma University, Ilorin, said street hawking by children and child labour was a direct consequence of the low income earned by the family’s breadwinners.
Ibrahim emphasised that the government at all levels should take the necessary measures that will help to improve the country’s economy.
According to him, the government’s policies should address reduction in poverty forcing many families to engage their wards in street hawking and child labour.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that participants were drawn from the academia, the judiciary, the legislature and the mass media.