ByÂ Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI – Okigwe Local Government Area has set up a task force that would henceforth apprehend children of school age that are found hawking or loitering about in the council during school hours.
The Transition Committee Chairman, Chief Emeka Okoronkwo, disclosed this to Vanguard when he spoke on the level of implementation of the Child Rights Act in his council.
He described child trafficking and child abuse as â€œanother slant to the obnoxious and illicit slave trade of oldâ€, stressing that the act has sadly deprived children of their rights and privileges enshrined in the Child Rights Act.
â€œI must say that illiteracy, poverty and unemployment are some of the factors that promote child trafficking and child abuse. I appeal to parents and guardians to ensure thatÂ their children remain in school in order to benefit from the Universal Basic Education (UBE) scheme of the present administrationâ€, Okoronkwo said.
The Transition Chairman stressedÂ the desire of the state governmentÂ to see that every child of school age in the state receive basic education.
He promised that Okigwe government council would rehabilitate schools so as to improve the environment for academic work to thrive.