Owing to the ill effects of child labour on children, Honourable Mrs. Beverly Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche, a representative of Onitsha South Two Constituency at the Anambra State House of Assembly, has called for a review and enforcement of laws guarding child labour in the country.
Speaking on the effects of child labour, Hon. Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche noted that some of the children end up becoming illiterate persons which may result to increase in social vices in the country. Furthermore, she attributed some of the causes of child labour to financial difficulties among poor families. She said that some poor parents with many children have no other option than to send their children out on hard labour as house helps or hawkers without even considering their age.
According to Hon. Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche, parents should consider the dangers children face when sent out to work, whether the environment is safe for them or not. As a matter of fact, some of these children may be taken with a promise of school training but end up doing menial and petty jobs while their counterparts are in school.
Speaking further, she described such act as wickedness and cautioned those involved in such to have a change of attitude as those maltreated children may become important personalities in the society in future. Irrespective of the fact that children are a gift from God, she admonished parents to engage in family planning as a way of cutting down on the number of children if they cannot take care of them financially and to ensure that the few they have are well trained.
In terms of evil practices against women, she noted that some widows suffer a lot especially in Igbo land however these practices against women have drastically reduced. She commended the church for the vital role it’s playing in stopping such evil practices. As a result, the government has enacted a law that permits girl-child to inherit her father’s property and women to inherit their husband’s property too after their demise. Also, she called for full enforcement of the law.
She expressed gratitude to Governor Willie Obiano for placing women in higher positions in his administration and called for its sustenance.
Source: ABS News