THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF STREET CHILDREN IN ABA SOUTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF ABIA STATE
Keywords:proliferation street children in Nigeria, hawking and soliciting, street children
In the recent times especially in the last few decades, children are seen in the streets of most of our urban centers. This is an abnormal situation considering the traditional African societal value for children. Efforts have been made both by the local government, federal government and non-governmental agencies to keep these children out of the streets yet it seems they are in the increase. This paper made attempt to know why these children are still in the streets and if their being in the street is of any social importance to the society. The theory of differential association was used to explain the factors that push the children to the streets. Finally the paper concluded by making recommendations on how these children could be rehabilitated which includes reemphasizing the societal value for children at all levels.