An Ilorin based lawyer, Mr Tunde Jimoh has called on the Federal Government to impose a ban on hawking by children nationwide.
Jimoh, who made the call in Ilorin on Friday, said government must protect the children to safeguard their future.
He said that hawking has ruined the lives of promising Nigerian children, with many of them lured into different negative acts beyond their mental scope.
According to him, hawking has also caused setback to the lives of many teenagers who are lured into prostitution, abusing hard drugs and other vices.
“Many young girls are being raped and boys are being lured into armed robbery, which have had negative impact on their lives.
“Hawking should never be encouraged in Nigeria, hawking has done more harm than good to the future of Nigerian teenagers,” he said.
The legal practitioner urged parents to stop sending their children to hawk on the street, so as to save their dignity and insure their future.
Jimoh advised that seminars be organised for parents to sensitise them on the dangers inherent in allowing children to hawk on the street.