As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark World Day Against Child Labour, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, has restated its resolve to join hands with other stakeholders to end child labour.
NAPTIP, in a statement by its Head, Press and Public Relations, Mr. Josiah Emerole, expressed solidarity with victims of child labour across the globe.
The statement quoted the acting Director-General of NAPTIP, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri, as saying that ‘Child labour is a sad development’, and that Nigeria has its fair share in the several millions of victims of child labour, who are living in slave-like conditions across the globe, having been deceived and lured out of their homes by criminal gangs and greedy parents.
He explained that victims of child labour suffer varying degrees of misfortune, inhumane treatments, psychological and emotional harm, physical torture, socio-economic violence, sexual abuse and harmful traditional practices that undermine their natural development as human beings.
“Their worth and dignity are destroyed, their lives are made worthless and with no hope in sight,” he stated.
Speaking on the theme for this year’s celebration, ‘Child Labour and Supply Chain’, he stressed the need for labour inspectors to be more diligent in their
activities and to ensure that no child is found working in plantations, quarries, manufacturing firms and other places where children are placed under harmful situations.
“The negligence of parents to their children should no longer be tolerated in Nigeria. Children are gifts from God and parents are under obligation to take care of them until they come of age. Unfortunately, many of our people delight in making their children bread winners at very tender ages, while they feed fat on their sweat.’’
He urged Nigerians and people around the globe to show solidarity and support in preventing this horrible crime and human rights violation.
“Efforts need to be intensified by all and sundry to rid our nation of this menace. We need to take the crime of child labour seriously, as that is the first step towards its eradication. Victims of child labour need our empathy and support; NAPTIP, security agencies, NGOs, CBOs and FBOs; workers, the child, mother, father, teacher, free thinking men and women and all that constitute the society must all come together to put an end to this menace.’’


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