From: Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Niger state government has launched its ACCEL Africa Project as a fulfillment of collaboration with International Labour Organization (ILO) in the elimination of child Labour using the supply chain approach of artisan gold mines in the state.
The Director General of ILO, Mr Guy Ryder said that Nigeria has signed, ratified and domesticated a number of United Nations and ILO conventions that are instruments of fighting against forced labour, child labour, trafficking and many others especially for children and women.
Mr Ryder added that despite these efforts, the National Bureau of Statistics 2017 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey shows that about 43% of Nigerian children between 5-10 years old are involved in economic activities and engaged in worse forms of child Labour detrimental to their health and education
Represented by the National Project Coordinator and ACCEL Project Nigeria, Dr Agatha Kolawole who stated that the government of Netherlands to fund the project titled: “Accelerating Action for the Elimination of Child Labour in Supply Chains in Africa” (ACCEL Africa) launched in May 2019 in Nigeria.
He disclosed that the project is being piloted in six countries which include; Egypt, Malawi, Mali, Uganda, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria in achieving its set goals and will work to strengthening public policy, good governance, enrollment into schools, empowerment and withdrawal of child Laborers in Niger state and Nigeria.
ILO representative assured to pursued integrated approach to the elimination of child Labour, linking fundamental rights, decent work, social protection and education as well provision of technical support to constituents, advocacy and direct action Programmes hence the need to partner NDE for its skills acquisition Programme.
He explained that ILO was commitment to the sustainable partnership in achieving the elimination of child labor in Nigeria by 2025 while applauding the Netherlands government for its funding, ILO, Federal government especially Ministry of Labour and Mineral Resources, Niger State government and stakeholders for their willingness to ensure the success of the project in Nigeria.