Nigeria seeks more collaboration with US to tackle child labour

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The Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige, has solicited more partnership with the United States Government in the elimination of child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking in Nigeria.

He stated this when he received on a courtesy visit, the International Relations Officer, Africa Division Office of Child Labour, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking, United States Department of Labour, Honore Tchou, in his office, a statement issued on Wednesday by Assistant Director of Press, Rhoda Illiya, said.

According to the Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, William Alo, “Child Labour and Forced Labour issues in the country have been receiving attention from the government of Nigeria but more concerted efforts and actions are required. The Federal Government has done a lot to fight against child labour such as the ratification of the United Nations Convention on rights of the child in 1999, which was domesticated in 2003 through the passage into law of the child’s Rights Act (CRA2003) by an act of parliament.

“Equally, on the 13th of December 2000, Nigeria became a signatory to the Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) Convention and its Trafficking in Persons Protocol. And Article 5 of the United Nations Protocol enjoins State parties to criminalize practices and conducts that subject human beings to all forms of exploitation which includes, in the minimum, sexual and labour exploitation.”

Speaking Further, the Minister said that “it is gratifying to note that the government has made frantic efforts at combating the scourge through the establishment of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in persons (NAPTIP) by an act of Parliament which came into being on 8th of August,2003, an Agency which is the creation of Trafficking in persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (TIPPEA) 2015 … Read More...