NCC warns against use of children in politics


June 20, 2016 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

The National Commission for Children (NCC) has called on all political actors to discourage and exempt children from all forms of political activities across the country.

In an interview with Concord Times at her Adelaide Street office in Freetown, NCC Commissioner Olayinka Laggah said they strongly frown at the involvement of children in any political activity because the later are most times vulnerable during crisis.

“You know that we have elections around the corner and so as a commission, we do not want children to be involved in any political activity because if there is a crisis, it is they that will be mostly affected since they are vulnerable,” she stated.

She also advised children not to allow themselves be used during such activities as they could bear the greatest brunt of it.

Mrs. Laggah spoke about violence committed against children or those perpetrated by children themselves, adding that the issue has taken a crisis situation and appears to be on the increase.

The NCC chief says she was also concerned when children were being asked by certain schools authority to transport chairs and benches to centres during this year’s National Primary School Examinations (NPSE).

“What happened during the NPSE in having children transport benches and chairs to centres for the exam, to me, was totally unacceptable.  We do not want such to repeat itself again in the upcoming Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE),” she said.

She said she would be meeting the Head of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) later in the week to discuss plans for the conduct of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) as they wouldn’t want to see children transporting chairs and benches this time around.

“I will want to know from the head of WAEC whether there is enough furniture in schools for the BECE,” she said.