The increase in street begging and hawking among children and its consequences has caused the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to checkmate the problem.

This followed a motion sponsored by Emmanuel Bassey, the member representing Ini State Constituency, at a plenary on Wednesday.

Bassey, who doubles as the Chief Whip of the House, described street hawking as an ugly development.

According to him, street hawking negates the objectives of the Universal Declaration on the Rights of the Child, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the Child Rights Laws of Akwa Ibom State.

He mentioned some of the risks faced by child hawkers to include road accidents, sexual abuse, among others.

“The consequences of these acts include unwanted pregnancies, illegal abortions, psychological trauma, insecurity, frustration, psycho-social disorientation and largely paint the state in a bad picture to the outside world,” he said.

The Speaker of the House, Aniekan Bassey, directed the Clerk, Mrs. Mandu Umoren, to communicate the resolution of the House to the appropriate quarters.