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FG steps up fight against child labour, human trafficking

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

Abuja—THE Federal Government yesterday in Abuja reiterated its determination to continue to  champion the renewed fight against child labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour  in line with emerging global trends in labour administration.

The government spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and  Employment, Mr. Bolaji Adebiyi, while addressing the strategy meeting of the National Steering Committee on Child Labour

According to him, “let me acknowledge that one of the emerging global trends in labour administration is the renewed fight against child labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour as encapsulated in the Alliance 8.7. Nigeria as a signatory to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations should not be found behind but rather, be at the forefront of the pursuit of these objectives.”

Adebiyi noted that the fight against the scourge of Child Labour would require innovation and collaboration of stakeholders as the Federal Government could not do it alone, saying “Eradication of child labour can only be accelerated through leveraging expertise across diverse fields. Hence, Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals and Alliance 8.7 emphatically requests stakeholders in the fight against the scourge of child labour to work together in  new innovative and collaborative ways.

Setting agenda for the meeting, the Permanent Secretary said the meeting should among others, ensure awareness creation and sensitization on the Reporting Template for the Elimination of Child Labour in Nigeria.

He said a national registry of High-Level Desk Officers on child labour in all MDAs would be set up.


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