Dr. Chris Ngige, The Minister of Labour and Employment, disclosed during a workshop for media practitioners on child labour reporting and presentation of the National Advocacy Strategy on the Elimination of Child Labour in Abuja that the Federal Government will prosecute 634 child offenders for crimes committed between 2018-2019.
On Monday, according to a statement by the Ministry’s spokesman, Charles Akpan, titled : ‘FG set to prosecute 634 child labour offenders,’ it read;
“These include, among others, the development of the National Policy on Child Labour, the National Action Plan on the Elimination of Child Labour and the Development and Validation of the National Reporting Template on Child Labour,”
Ngige emphasised that a good advocacy strategy and effective child labour reporting was very important in the attainment of ‘Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals’ which seeks to eliminate child labour, especially its worst forms by 2025.
“Ngige recalled that the Accelerating Action for the Elimination of Child Labour in supply chains in Africa, tagged ACCEL Africa Project, was launched in Nigeria on 2nd May 2019 in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation through the support of the Government of Netherlands.”.