April 18, 2024

Tinubu tasked on promoting Child Rights Act into law


President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

By Olayinka Ajayi 

President Bola Tinubu has been urged to enact the Child’s Rights Act into law as a means of discouraging child slavery in Nigeria. 

Speaking during a leisure train trip of over 40 indigent children picked across Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo State, the founder of the Akhin Foundation, a civil society organization saddled with the responsibility of fighting against child labour, Mr. Israel Balogun, noted that the government must, as a matter of urgency, promote a law that would serve as a deterrent for those engaging in child labour.

He said, “”The government needs to take stringent measures against those engaging in child slavery. Their own children would have gone to school, but you find them using other people for child labour. 

“You see them using other children as housemaids, hawking, and scavenging. We are going to be working with the Department for State Services, DSS, and we will report any of these people to the DSS to ensure that no child is used for child labour.

“I singlehandedly found some of these kids from the slumb; many of them are living under the bridge, scavenging and hawking for some people in the name of survival.

“Many of them have been exposed to child labour even at the age of 10.

“We call on President Bola Tinubu-led government to as a matter of urgency impose a child rights law to ensure that no child is used as a labour, no child is exploited, and no child is a slave”.