Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has stated that eliminating child labour in the mining sector is a task that must be located within the context of poverty elimination.
The Minister, in the company of the Minister of State, Abubakar Bawa Bwari and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. M.F Istafinus, received the National Steering Committee on the Elimination of Child Labour, NSCCL, who paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry yesterday.
Dr. Fayemi said that the Ministry will continue to use its best judgment to support the activities of NSCCL and assured the Committee members that its expectations and requests would be considered.
Earlier, the Spokesperson of NSCCL and Director, Labour Inspectorate in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. Solomom Adeyemi Ajibola, had explained that child labour is a multidimensional problem that required a combined and integrated approach of all key actors so as to reduce or eliminate it.
He said that with the renewed vigour of the present administration, there is need for an effective synergy under the platform provided by the Committee which is in line with the International labour standards.
Four strategic requests were made by NSCCL for the Ministry to fulfil its mandate, that is to conduct a nationwide mapping of child labour endemic areas and quarterly design of suitable action programmes, development of a national child labour advocacy tools and training of stakeholders for application of the tools, treatment of child labour victims and moral and material support to celebrate 2016 World Against child labour in Nigeria. It would be recalled the International Child Labour Day is marked on the 12th of June every year.

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