Obiano orders arrest of children found hawking during school hours


The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has ordered the arrest of children found hawking wares during school hours.

The Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Dr Victoria Chikwelu, who disclosed the governor’s warning said the governor was unhappy that despite the free education in the state, children were still out of school.

Dr Chikwelu who spoke during a media interactive session in her office at Awka said that in spite of economic hardships in the country, parents should send their children to school, because, “Anambra operates free education’’.

“The governor has directed that he does not want to see children hawking when they are supposed to be in school.

“Any child seen hawking will be arrested by Social welfare officers of the ministry,” Chikwelu said.

The commissioner also said the ministry had since created temporary shelter at Abagana, where the children would be kept.


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