CHARACTERISTICS AND CHALLENGES OF TEENAGE WATER VENDORS IN TRADITIONAL MARKETS IN IBADAN, NIGERIA
The study investigated the characteristics and challenges of teenagers involved in water vending in two selected traditional markets in Ibadan, Nigeria. Both primary and secondary data were sourced for the study. Two traditional markets, Oje and Oja’ba, were purposively selected because they are the most important traditional markets in the city. Purposive sampling was adopted in selecting 120 teenagers vending water for the administration of a set of pre-tested questionnaire. The study revealed that 75% of teenagers vending water were female, 52.5% had primary education, 70% were between ages 13 to 15 years; 50.00% had both parents, 10.83 had single parent while 32% were orphan. The vendors’ average daily profit ranged between N200 to N500. As high as 54.1% of the vendors travelled a distance of between 2km and 5km from home to the market. On aspiration of the vendors, 36.7% desired to become shop owners while 33.3% were interested in schooling. Main challenges encountered by these vendors include: loss of money (69.2%), sexual harassment (20%), accident (21.6%), loss of goods (57.7%), high rate levy by government (77.5%), police disturbances (68.3%), area boys’ assault (70.8%) and market association levy (37.5%). The study concluded that dwindling economy triggered teenagers’ involvement in water vending which has impacted on their interest for schooling. It is therefore suggested that the government should be sincere with free education agenda, intensify provision of free books and tuition free.
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