Kano to review ban on girl-child hawking

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The Kano State Government, on Tuesday, said it would review the law that banned girl-child hawking in the state.

Dr Binta Jibrin, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, told newsmen in Kano that the review was necessary to make the law more effective and result-oriented.

“Girls under the age of 18 are not allowed by the law to hawk or do petty trading on the streets. Most of these girls are susceptible to rape and other abuses.

“We are dusting up the law to see whether there is any need to review it and we are passing it to the Ministry of Justice to look at it.’’

The commissioner said that the state government planned to train less privileged women in income generating activities across the state.

She added that “Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso has approved a special programme for us to train less privileged women in different skills to enable them to do some income generating activities at home.

“The ministry will visit the 44 local government areas to identify such women who send their children to hawk.

“We will then train the women and empower them to do some income generating activities so that their children can go to school instead of hawking.’’

Jibrin said the state government would re-institute the child protection law to prohibit child labour in the state.

She advised parents of rape victims to report to the ministry for possible legal, financial and medical assistance.

“We are also embarking on massive public sensitisation campaign to educate parents on dangers associated with girl-child hawking,’’ she added.

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