By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Owerri—THE Federal Government yesterday in Owerri, Imo State, called on stakeholders including organised labour to join hands in the fight against rising cases of child labour in Imo State, lamenting that its menace posed serious challenge in the state and entire nation.
Speaking through the State Labour Controller, Mrs Laurette Adogu, at the 25th Annual Industrial Relations Seminar of the National Union of Chemical, Footwear, Rubber, Leather and Non-Metalic Products Employees, NUCFRLANMPE, the government contended that the menace had a massive negative effect on the future of children in the state and nation at large.
According to Adogu who was represented by the Principal Labour Officer, Mr. Nwaeze Nnamdi, “I must not fail to mention the issue of the elimination of Child Labour in its worst forms in Imo State. This menace poses a serious challenge in the state and the entire nation. This therefore has a massive negative effect on the future of our children and our dear state in years to come. Let us therefore join hands with government to ensure total elimination of this menace in the society.”
She equally called for the implementation of decent work agenda for Nigerian workers to improve productivity and union and workers must embrace dialogue in resolving industrial relation issues and reducing incidences that could lead to unrest in work places.
The controller advised employers to show commitment to industrial safety and health in workplaces to eliminate occupational diseases and accidents.
In his remark, Mr Douglas Adiele, General Secretary of the union, urged the government to provide adequate raw materials to sustain jobs and reduce unemployment in the country.
According to Adiele, employers needed development of infrastructure such as the provision of adequate supply of electricity to function effectively.
Also, Mr Lucas Damulak, a former president of the union said the seminar would build efficiency into the workers and urged them to utilize positively the learning received from the training in their various offices.
Damulak said that the union survived on membership and needed to continue to improve its proficiency on the workers through regular trainings.