Bayelsa SUBEB To Arrest Children Hawking

Bayelsa SUBEB To Arrest Children Hawking

BY ANIEFIOK OBONG, YENAGOA

Bayelsa State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, has announced that it will soon commence the arrest of children hawking on the streets during school hours in line with the Universal Basic Education laws.

Executive Secretary of the Board, Victor Okubonanabo, stated this while flagging-off a three-day sensitization visit to Swali and other markets in Yenagoa.

He led other board members, directors of the social mobilization department and local government education secretaries to the markets carrying placards with inscriptions such as “Say No to Teenage Pregnancy, Education is key, Leaders of Tomorrow Please Go to School” etc.

Okubonanabo reiterated that the prosperity administration’s desire is to use education as a signpost for development and blueprint to attract all round development for citizens and residents.

He also noted that in line with Governor Douye Diri’s education for all mantra, the board will not sit on its oars.

A member of the board in charge of social mobilization, Ebi Ekiotene-George, laid credence to the policy direction of government, while charging parents to be up and doing in ensuring that they send their wards to school or face the full wrath of the law.

Also speaking, the Director of Social Mobilization, Mrs Joy-Jumbo Otoworo, emphasized that overtime, issues of teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, high level of school drop-out have been in the front burner in Bayelsa State.

She said the visit to the market places was part of the board’s effort to sensitize the public and advocate for more enrollment drive in schools, just as she noted that a similar programme will be organized at the local government level to spread the gospel of education.

However, some market women complained that despite the free education policy, some headmasters and teachers ask parents to cough out over N20,000 for registration fee before admitting their wards, which the board promised to bring all perpetrators to book.

The sensitization and enrollment drive team visited Swali, Kpansia, Opolo and Tombia major markets in the state capital.


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