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Anambra govt decries rising cases of child beggars, hawkers

The Anambra State Government has raised concern over the increasing rate of child beggars and hawkers in the state, threatening to arrest and prosecute parents and guardians who engage children in such acts.

The state Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Mrs Ify Obinabo, made this known on Saturday, in Awka, the Anambra State capital, during the celebrations of the International Day of Families and Children’s Day.

Obinabo added that the measure would ensure the survival, development and protection of every child in the state and also serve as a deterrent to parents and guardians.

She reminded parents/guardians that the use of children for domestic labour, negligence and maltreatment contradicts the tenets of the Child Rights law, adding that the ministry is ready to arrest erring parents beginning next week.

She said, “The rate of children hawking and begging on our streets, the rate of child sexual abuse, trafficking and maltreatment in the state, has become alarming.

“The use of children for domestic labour, negligence and maltreatment on the part of parents and guardians, contradicts the tenets of the Child Rights law.

“The ministry is ready to arrest and prosecute anyone – parents or guardians, who abuse the fundamental rights of children in the state.

“From next week, if we see any child hawking or begging on the street, that child will identify whoever engaged him or her and we will arrest the person.

”Education and proper upbringing of our children is the only way to eradicate poverty and crime in our society. These children need care, love, support and a sense of belonging, not abuse or domestic labour.”

The Commissioner said the ministry, on its part, would continue to sensitise parents on the need to send their children to school and prioritise their upbringing.

Source: PUNCH

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Guests had a feel of Indonesian way of life through different Indonesian cultural aspects which include cuisine, instruments, dance and music.

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