Nigeria: ILO initiates national work plan to eliminate child labour in mining and cocoa supply chains

Author: Alex Enumah, This Day (Nigeria), Published on: 7 May 2019

"Nigeria, ILO, Others Strategise to Eradicate Child Labour", 6 May 2019.

Nigeria, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and other developmental agencies are set to develop national work plans to eliminate child labour in the country. Stakeholders, including Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), labour congress and unions in the mining, cocoa and gold supply chain, at a two-day workshop...called for synergy and determination...in ending the menace of child labour and trafficking in Nigeria and Africa by the year 2025. 

The two-day workshop organised by ILO, and financed by the government of Netherlands, was part of ILO’s project Acceleration of Action in the Elimination of Child Labour In Supply Chains In Africa (ACCEL). The project covers six African countries – Mali, Malawi, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, and Uganda...Speaking at the opening of the workshop, ILO Country Director, Dennis Zulu, revealed that...statistics indicate that about 43 per cent of Nigerian children aged between five to 10 years are involved in child labour activities, including worst form of child labour. The United Nations described these conditions to include works in quarry, granite and mining extraction, international sexual exploitation, and armed conflict. Zulu, however noted that the project which focuses on the supply chains in cocoa and mining in the country will work with local authorities to facilitate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...

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