The Enugu State Government has vowed to ensure that all school-aged children are moved off the streets soon.
The state’s Commissioner for Gender Affairs, Princess Peace Nnaji, made this known while addressing members of Gender Equality Movement (GEM) in Enugu.
The members of GEM had embarked on a rally advocating that under-aged children should be kept off the streets and roads within Enugu metropolis.
Nnaji said that the ministry was coming up with a modality to get all children off the streets, while following due diligence and human rights.
“The ministry is seriously concerned and as fathers and mothers we see these children roam the streets while others are used for alms begging. However, we are working out a modality with our partners and security agencies to ensure we evolve the best way to civilly remove these children from the streets and fix them in schools where they should be.
“We also needed the collaboration of GEM to ensure that you carry this advocacy to your individual homes, neighbourhood, streets and council areas in order to enlighten our people to ensure their wards are in school,’’ she explained.
Nnaji said that the Enugu state Governor, Ifeanyi Uguwanyi personally sponsored the Child Right Act bill in the state and ensured it was passed as well as signed into law.
“Our governor had remained a child-friendly governor that promotes the rights of children as well as their health through free healthcare for children especially those under the age of five in the state,’’ he said.
The Leader of GEM, Mrs Ijeoma Uzoma, said that the advocacy was meant to draw the attention of the people of the state on the growing menace of under-aged children as well as school-aged children roaming the streets and roads.
Uzoma noted that GEM felt concerned seeing that the future of the children might be bleak if nothing concerted was done by the society, governments, organisations and groups.
A total of 100 volunteers carried placards across Enugu metropolis.