Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba has urged parents to embrace the educational policies of government at various levels as a panacea to eradicating child labour in the country.
Jedy-Agba made this known at the weekend in Abuja to mark the World Day against Child Labour.
According to her, education of the child remains the best legacy a parent can leave for the child, adding that because education frees the mind from ignorance and the cycle of poverty, every child must be allowed to attain the minimum level of education available in the country.
She said that the federal government’s Universal Basic Education, the Almajiri education programme as well as other programmes run by states should be embraced by all parents for their children.
“We join ILO to call on government at all levels who are yet to enforce the free, compulsory and quality education for children to do so in their states. Children belong in classrooms, not hawking on the highway and busy streets, quarries, mines, etc. where they endanger their lives on a daily basis’’ she sated.
Jedy-Agba explained that child exploitative labour deprives children of quality education that would improve their lives and brighten their future.
She lamented the over 120 million children between the ages of 5 and 12 engaged in child labour around the world. ‘’This is a staggering figure when one thinks of the implications of such acts on the development of these young ones’’, she said.
“We need to rid our society of this cankerworm. Parents need to wake up to their responsibilities and realize that it is not the duty of their children to put food on their table or take care of the financial needs of the family.
“Most of the children in domestic exploitative labour are deprived of the golden opportunity to go to school and acquire quality education. They face different sorts of physical, mental, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse in the hands of their employers’’, she added.
She further explained that it was in a bid to put a stop to this ugly menace, that the newly enacted Trafficking In Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administrative Act, 2015 criminalized the employment/ engagement of a child below the age of 12 as a domestic help.

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