A bill for a law to provide for Cross River State Hawkers Rights Protection has passed through second reading on the floor of CRSHA. This all important bill, the first of its kind in Africa is sponsored by Hon. Regina Anyogo, member representing Yala 1 State Constituency.
The bill is seeking to provide a framework to give support to hawking as an alternative source of livelihood for the downtrodden.
One of the cardinal objectives of the bill is to give dignity and awesome embellishment to hawking in Cross River State.It seeks to makes hawking legal and provide clear terms and conditions under which people can hawk decently with panache. The bill will only allow adults from the age of 18years above to hawk their wares at a designated place and time on a crested vest.
Apart from dignifying this small- scale business outfit, it will replace the conventional,undignified and ubiquitous hawking phenomenon. It will be source of income to most families, generate daily meal for the downtrodden and the less privileged. Sanity and order will be sustain in the state. Also, hawkers will concentrate on their businesses without fear of molestation, intimidation and coercion.
This mark a significant turning point in parliamentary enterprise in Africa where small-scale hawkers will be provided with legal mechanism to dignify and protect them.
After a very extensive and elaborate debates by Honourable members, the bill was scheduled for public hearing and stakeholders engagement.
The Speaker, Rtd Hon. John Gaul Lebo committed the bill to the House committee on trade and investment and directed that, the report be ready within 3 weeks.