The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Bolaji Adebiyi has said that the implementation of the National Reporting Template for combating child labour remains one of the most pragmatic ways of eliminating all forms of child labour in Nigeria by 2025, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 8 and Target 8.7.
The permanent secretary who was represented by his Technical Adviser, Mr Emmanuel Igbinosun stated this in Ibadan Oyo State while declaring open a two-day capacity building workshop on the National Reporting Template on Child Labour, organized by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
According to him, “I believe strongly that the National Reporting Template for combating child labour remains one of the most pragmatic ways of harnessing the potentials, and comparative advantages of the various stakeholders in order to make meaningful progress.”
Adebiyi emphasized that the reporting template would not only help in tackling the incidences of child labour across the country, it will also serve as a valuation mechanism to facilitating the identification of gaps in the implementation of multi-sectoral strategies and processes as well as provide basis for proactive and remedial actions aimed at reducing or eliminating child labour in Nigeria.
Furthermore, he expressed the Ministry’s readiness to step-up labour inspections in all the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, adding that the workshop is a practical demonstration of the determination of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to ensure that all members of the steering committee are well sensitized and are aware of the substantive targets set under Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goal which seeks for “immediate and effective measures to eradicate Forced Labour, end Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and secure the prohibition of Worst Forms of Child Labour, including the recruitment and the use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.”
“it was in the light of the above that the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment in collaboration with Development Partners and other Stakeholders developed and formulated a robust National Policy on Child Labour and National Action Plan on the Elimination of Child Labour In Nigeria.” He avowed
In his remarks, the Director Inspectorate, Mr. Solomon Ajibola said the Ministry will continue to champion the fight against child labour, he enjoined participants to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the workshop to acquire the skills needed for effective and efficient reportage on child labour.
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