As part of efforts at ensuring that all school-age children benefit
from the Fayemi led administration’s free and compulsory education up
to Junior Secondary School class three, the Ekiti State Government has
commenced apprehension of children found running errands or trading
during school hours.
The State Child’s Right Implementation Committee yesterday apprehended
nine such school-age children during school hours at the Okesha and
Bisi markets in Ado Ekiti.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development,
Alhaja Maryam Ogunlade however explained that the apprehended children
were release after their parents and guardians signed undertaking that
the children would henceforth attend school regularly.
Alhaja Ogunlade frowned at what she described as gross violation of
the rights of the children, stressing that making the children run
errands and keeping them in markets while they should be in school is
contrary to the law of the land.
Warning that untrained children would grow up to become nuisances to
their families and the society in general, Ogunlade charged parents to
shun acts that can jeopardize the future of their children.
She reiterated the commitment of the Fayemi led administration to the
general wellbeing of the people of the State particularly school-age
children, noting that eradication of all forms of fees in schools
through his first executive order at the inception of his second term
in office is an indication of his determination to ensure a
qualitative, free and compulsory education in the State.
Ogunlade said the exercise would continue across the State, stressing
that it is a crime to keep school-age children out of school during
school hours and culprits would be made to face the wrath of the law.