- Abdulbaki Oba, the deputy bursar of the University of Ilorin, says children hawking is not necessarily a crime
- The deputy bursar also says he hawked on the streets to augment his family's income
- He also urged Muslims to restrain them from falling into the temptation of corruption
University of Ilorin's (UNILORIN) deputy bursar, Abdulbaki Oba, has said children hawking on the streets to make ends meet is not necessarily a crime, especially if the child is not prevented from schooling, Vanguard reports.
Oba stated this on Tuesday, July 18, at the 9th Muktar Isale-Koto Annual Islamic Lecture held in the university.
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He said: “I and members of my age group in those days hawked to augment the family income while we were children, yet many of us turned out successful professionals.”
The deputy bursar added that it was possible for a family to face economic recession even while the rest of the country was experiencing growth.
Oba also charged Muslims to restrain them from falling into the temptation of corruption, saying the vice was endemic among public servants.
In a previous report by Legit.ng, a lady who used to hawk pepper to make ends meet, made her family proud by becoming the first black person to receive a PHD in Biomedical Engineering from the Saskatchewan university in Canada.
Sharing her inspiring story, Miss Olubamiji revealed how she had to hawk pepper as a young child of 10 years, just to help her family's finances.
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The Physics graduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, had gotten the chance to study abroad after finishing with a second class upper degree. She proceeded to Finland to get a masters degree and eventually moved to Canada to get her PHD.
Meanwhile, see this video of the British Council honouring Nigerians who excelled while studying abroad: