3-year-old boy enrolled to school after he was spotted hawking on the street (photos)

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This is the height of all child abuse, as a lawyer and founder of HighFlyers Forum, First Baba Isa shared the touching story on on Tuesday, February 21, of how he rescued a small boy around the age of 3 years, from street hawking.

3-year-old boy enrolled to school after he was spotted hawking on the street (photos)

Child hawker enrolled into school in Cross River state

First Baba Isa narrated how he and his wife were walking on the street and saw this little boy hawking. Read his post below:

“Do you remember that little boy I met hawking in Ogoja about a month ago? He is now in school. One of the best private schools in Ogoja where he is given one full meal a day and the school bus also picks him up daily to go to school. He has been issued uniforms, textbooks and exercise books. Our little chap is on his way to greatness. I'm so excited! When I met this little cutie hawking when he was supposed to be in school, my heart broke. The father initially resisted my initial move to help. We went past that and here we are. I'm not a millionaire but the little we have, we can share. We can't save the thousands of kids hawking on our streets but for this one, we have taken him off the streets. And by the grace of God he will stay off the streets and study up to the university.

3-year-old boy enrolled to school after he was spotted hawking on the street (photos)

Child hawker finally goes to school

We didn't do this alone. We just couldn't. When I wrote about this kid, many persons supported me with kind words and holy anger... Some did more. Ofem Ekapong Ofem, Okoi Eduson, Peter Offem Ubi, sent in money to support his schooling. Thank you my brothers. The little you sent went a long way. Ofem Ekapong Ofem has even pledged to send in a token every term for his school fees. God bless you sir.

I want to specially thank Faith Nwaozuzu, for being a main driver of this project. I salute you Ma. The kid is surely in safe hands. We can be the change we want to see in the world. and gentlemen, thanks for always being there... Oya let's prophesy what course this kid will end up reading in the university. You can wish him well by addressing him with the title of the profession you wish for him."

See post of when he found the boy below:

first baba

I was coming back from the Market with my wife and younger sister when I met this child hawking around Mbube Lane in Abakpa, Ogoja of Cross River State. My heart broke into several pieces. Children hawk in this town. I have hawked on this streets too as a child. But this child was looking way too young for this.
I immediately paid (double) for the leaves he was carrying. We didn't know what kind of leaves that was so I asked him to take both the money for the leaves and the leaves home. I asked my nephew to escort him home. I gave him extra money to give to the boys parents to get him slippers or clothing; with a firm instruction that the child should not be sent to hawk again until he gets older or else I will get the child and the parents arrested whenever I see him hawking again. The parents went ballistic. The father said he too has a lawyer and even soldier in his family and they should tell me to go to hell. He said that is how he trains his children. That he sent the child to hawk not because they lack anything. That they have enough money and the child has enough clothes. He collected the money I paid for the leaves. Collected the leaves. And rejected the money I sent for the child's clothing on the grounds that they lack nothing. I really wanted to help this boy but the father's arrogance is preventing us from even having a meaningful talk. But I have instructed to be on the lookout for the child. If they ever see him hawking again, I will take legal action against the parents. I know things are hard. But father that cannot hawk to feed his children is that one father? A child is not a bread winner of the family.

3 Comments

  1. Egwuatu Mary

    February 22, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    What kind of stupid training is that Mr father? You claim you don’t lack but you don’t send your 3year old boy to school rather you let him hawk leaves. If only we can start the change we all seek for individually then things would get better. God bless the family and those who supported to have the boy sent to school. I call him a Lawyer in the making by God grace

  2. Bright Meek Phronesis Odei

    February 22, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Serious child abuse. I’m so angry with the kid’s dad. How can he say words like * that is how he trains his children. That he sent the child to hawk not because they lack anything. That they have enough money and the child has enough clothes*. It makes not sense. So your child is now the breadwinner right??? Twisted man.
    Massive thanks to First Baba Isa for enrolling this kid to school. Thanks also to Ofem Ekapong Ofem, Okoi Eduson, Peter Offem Ubi who sent in money for the kid’s school. Final thanks to Nwaozuzu for driving the project. God bless y’all.

  3. Emmix Manuel

    February 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Praise God