A 7-year old boy has confessed that he trekked about 10kilometers daily to sell satchet water popularly called pure water for his grandmother in Ochanja market in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The victim, identified as Chinecherem made the revelation when he was brought to Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo by a group of traders who caught him hawking the water in the market during school hours.
He said the grandmother had asked him to hawk the water so they could feed from the proceeds.
He said, “I’m a primary 2 pupil and living with my grandmother in Onitsha while my mother is in Lagos with my elder brother.
“It was my grandmother who asked me to hawk pure water so we will be able to feed. She usually gives me N250.00 everyday to purchase water and I trek from 33 to Ochanja each day to make sales.”
On profits he makes per day, the victim said, “I make about N2000 everyday we use in buying rice and spaghetti for feeding.
Addressing reporters, the Commissioner said she had summoned the grandmother, while the victim is in government’s protection, vowing to prosecute other offenders of child labor.
She expressed worry over the recent growing rise in child labor, warning that government would not relent until offenders were brought to book.
According to her, one major effect of child labor is psychological instability as the childhood of the victims had been taken away from them.
She further advised parents to take advantage of Governor Chukwuma Soludo-led administration’s free education to enroll their children in school.
The traders who brought the victim to the Commissioner, also donated the sum of N10,200 to assist him enroll him in school.
The commissioner appreciated the traders who are members of Ochanja Market Union who deemed it fit to bring the boy to her, charging others to emulate such act for a better society.