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  • Updated: April 18, 2024

FG calls for state action to fight child labour

FG calls for state action to fight child labour

The federal government is urging state governors to take a leading role in combating child labour and forced labour within their states.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, made the call on Thursday during the launch of the "Nigeria Child Labour and Forced Labour Survey Report 2022" in Abuja.  

She said, “The current global statistics show that 160 million children, nearly 1 in 10 worldwide, are engaged in child labour, and about 25 million adults, and children are in forced labour, including in global supply chains.

“The issue of child labour and forced labour is more prevalent at the state and local government levels. I believe that the survey report that is being launched today is a valid tool to provide verifiable data that will give direction and provide innovative solutions, and formulation of policies and programmes towards the elimination of child labour.

“Concerted effort and commitment are required to tackle this menace across the states and communities. Dear Excellencies, I earnestly encourage you to take ownership of the fight against child labour and forced labour and ensure the protection of the rights of your citizens, in consideration of the fact that as mentioned earlier, child labour is more prevalent at the state and local government levels.

“The Federal Government at the centre will continue to ensure effective policy formulations that address the root causes of child labour,” she said.

She emphasized the need for collective action, adding, “Intensified collaboration among stakeholders at all levels is needed to drive effective policy actions toward eliminating child labour and forced labour.”

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