FG warns against use of children in mining, quarrying [Nigeria]

Author: Daily Independent (Nigeria) , Published on: 28 April 2014

...[Nigeria’s] Federal Government...[has] warned parents, individuals and companies to desist from engaging children in mining and quarrying activities in the country...Mr Obiora Azubike, the Director, Department of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in the ministry...[gave] the warning in Minna during the campaign on the elimination of child labour in mines and quarries. Azubike...said that mining and quarry operations were not meant for children less than 18 years...He described child labour in mining and quarrying as [the] worst form of child labour because of the extent and severity of the hazards, risks of death, injuries and diseases associated with it. Azuibike expressed government’s support for elimination of child labour...He said...the National Policy on Child Labour and the National Action Plan for Elimination of Child Labour would be launched soon...

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