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Obaseki move to arrest parents of out-of-school children, give reason

“If we find any child under the age of 18 years being used for manual labour, such parents will be prosecuted”

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State Governor is set to arrest and prosecute parents and guardians of out-of-school children from the next academic session which begins on September 12, 2022.

The governor disclosed to journalists on Monday in Benin noting that arrangements had been concluded for the enforcement.

In his words partly: “If we find any child under the age of 18 years being used for manual labour, such parents will be prosecuted. We thank the Chief Judge for providing special courts which will be used to prosecute any offender who perpetrates violence against any child or involves in sexual defilement or physical abuse in our school system.

“From September 12, when school resumes, any child found loitering or hawking during school hours will be arrested and the parents or guardians will be prosecuted and seriously dealt with. We have specially trained people to observe and watch over our children to ensure no child is abused in Edo State.

He warned that class activities will start immediately after the resumption as agents would be dispatched across the state to followup compliance.

Also confirmed order has been granted to break down vulnerable buildings and school children moved to other buildings for a quick rebuild.

“School resumes on Monday, September 12, 2022, and teaching must commence the same day. I will send out a special squad to monitor schools across the State; I will also monitor the schools myself, alongside the Commissioner of Education.”

He continued: “I have instructed the Ministry of Education to demolish all dilapidated buildings in our schools.

Moreso, the government would release resources in making sure no child lacks a sitting chair, adding that clean-up exercises will be executed in all schools prior to the resumption date to keep classes ready and healthy.

“For those schools that are dilapidated, we will move the students to other schools and rebuild the schools.

“We will be spending a lot of resources to ensure no child sits on the ground to learn. By the time the Commissioner of Education will be completing her term, no Edo child should sit on the ground to learn.

“Commencing from September 12 when the new school calendar will start, I have also directed the Ministry of Education to set up a cleanup system to clean all Edo Schools, he added.

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