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The Federal Government has called for collective efforts of relevant stakeholders to tackle the menace of forced labour and human trafficking in order to accelerate sustainable growth and development.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the call at the launch of Alliance 8.7 and National Consultation in Nigeria, in Abuja.
According to Osinbajo, “No government, country or organisation can solve this challenge alone and eradication efforts can only be accelerated through concrete commitments, coherent and coordinated action at the national, regional and global levels.”
Osinbajo, represented by Stephen Ocheni, minister of state for Labour and Employment, explained, “Alliance 8.7 is a global partnership committed to taking immediate and effective measures to accelerate action towards the eradication of forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking, and securing the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour in all its forms everywhere.”
Speaking further, he said, “International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates the global figure of child labourers to be 168 million with Nigeria accounting for about 15 million; and 25 percent of Nigeria’s 80 million children under the age of 14 are engaged in economic activities and half of this population is children exploited as child labourers and those working in hazardous situations such as victims of child trafficking, domestic work, sex work, drug peddling and hawking.”
The Vice President, however, noted that government has been giving attention to child labour, forced labour and human trafficking issues in the country through existing national laws, ratification/adoption of international conventions and protocols, as well as national policy documents on child labour.
Chris Ngige, minister of Labour and Employment, who was represented by William Alo, the permanent secretary in the ministry, said the occasion marked a milestone in the determination and commitment of Nigeria in ensuring that further concrete measures … Read More...