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Child Labour-Long Road For Nigeria



The 2030 Agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) No. 8, Target 8.7 on decent work and economic growth commits the world to end modern slavery and child labour in all forms by 2025.

Child labour, forced labour and trafficking in persons can be found in almost all stages of supply chains in agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing, retailing, service provisions even in households and the streets.

With fifty-one months to 2025, Nigeria’s pledge to join the rest of the world to eliminate child labour and other unfair labour practices remains a huge task.

The practice remains as rampant as before with little punishment, cruel inhuman habits and disassociation from the rest of the society leading to breakdown of order & Decorum, often popping up in the media.

According to the International Labour Organisation, about 25 per cent of Nigeria’s 80 million children under the age of 14 are engaged in economic activities, and the involvement of children in the construction industry is majorly in the task of brick making, carrying and stacking bricks, and other construction materials.

Speaking at a one-day workshop on ‘Reportage of Elimination of Child Labour,’ organised by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment in Abuja on Thursday, Acting Director, Inspectorate Department of the ministry, Ajuwon Dauda, said the introduction of children into this sector is observed to begin as early as 8 years.

And as a result, 43 per cent of children in Nigeria engage in child labour’
Dauda noted that poverty remained a major driver of child labour in the country.

“Poverty is a major driver of child labour that is why the federal government is investing heavily in Social Investment Programs so that parents can receive help and use the income to train their children,” he said.

How obsolete laws contribute to an increase in child labour and other unfair labour practices
According to him, lack of political will and enforcement remained some of the major challenges in the fight again child labour in the country.

“However, despite government’s interventions and demonstrated commitment through programmes like the conditional cash transfer to poor and vulnerable Nigerians, several job creation efforts, especially through enterprise creation and MSMEs development support, homegrown school feeding programme, and several other such programmes, which have a direct or indirect impact on livelihood improvement and by extension, child labour.

“Therefore, I call on all journalists and media practitioners, whose responsibility it is to educate critical stakeholders and the general public on the negative impacts of child labour, and enlighten the public on the safety nets, as well as the school programmes designed by the government as preventative measures against child labour, to join forces with government to change the narrative and dent rising child labour participation rates. Our children are the future of this great country.”



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Cholera outbreak in Cross River Community claims 51 lives



The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Ekureku, Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, has risen from 20 on Saturday to 51 on Monday.

Bernard Egbe, the clan head of the community, stated this when he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sandy Onor, who was in the community to sympathise with them.



The clan chief, who described the situation as unfortunate, stated that many people infected with the disease were being treated at various health facilities in the area.

He went on to say that four of the victims being treated were in critical condition.

He stated that they had received assistance from WHO, UNICEF, and state government officials.

The cholera outbreak, which began on Thursday, affected ten villages in the Ekureku clan, he said.





Mr Onor, the PDP governorship candidate, said he felt the people’s pain but urged them to remain hopeful.

He stated that if elected, he would ensure that the people of the state have safe drinking water.
He gave cash as a consolation prize to each of the Ekureku community’s ten affected villages.




Meanwhile, Janet Ekpeyong, the Director-General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated on Sunday that the state government is on top of the situation.





She stated that the government had used both human and material resources to stop the spread of the disease.

“The state Government has deployed a response team together with representatives from the World Health Organisation, the Nigerian Red Cross and Wash Programme.






“The combined team have all intervened accordingly and helped to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease,” she stated.







A case of the disease has also been reported in a remote village in the state’s Odukpani Local Government Area.

Iwara Iwara, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.







Mr Iwara stated that the outbreak was reported on Sunday night and that the government had sent men and materials to the area.






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Currency hawkers selling scarce new naira notes at party venues.



Despite complaints that several bank branches had run out of the small quantities of the newly redesigned naira notes allocated to them by their head offices as early as 12 noon on Thursday, large wads of the new notes have saturated party venues, with hawkers charging N200 on N1,000.





On Thursday and Friday, journalists who visited banking halls in several cities across the country, particularly Lagos and Abuja, confirmed that there was a limited supply of the redesigned notes, as bank tellers mixed a few notes with the old ones for over-the-counter withdrawals, while automated teller machines continued to dispense old bank notes.






Further investigation revealed that several bank branches had yet to receive their new note allocations, with many bank officials informing our correspondents that the new notes were still on their way.

On the other hand, at a party in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday, a woman was seen freely hawking newly redesigned wads of N200 bank notes.







However, officials at some of the bank branches that still had the new notes told reporters that each cashier was given N100,000 of the new N1,000 for onward disbursement to customers seeking over-the-counter payments, and that they do not yet have the N500 and N200 denominations.








Customers were also seen depositing old bills over the counter, while cashiers at bank branches were handing out more old naira notes.

Central Bank of Nigeria had earlier clarified on its website under currency management, that it is against the law to sell currency banknotes.








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6 people dead, 25 injured in a ghastly road accident in Kogi state.



The Kogi Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that six people were killed and 25 others were injured in an accident on the Okene-Ogori road on Saturday.

Mr Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander in Lokoja yesterday, revealed that the lone accident involved an articulated vehicle carrying 45 people and cows.






According to the sector commander, the accident occurred around noon and killed some of the cows.

The victims of the accident were taken to Ageva General Hospital in Okene, Ajunko Clinic and Maternity in Ibilo, and Ogbagidi General Hospital in Okene, according to Dawulung.






He said: “When the accident, which involved an IVECO trailer conveying cows and 45 persons down South, occurred by a graveyard just a few kilometres to Ogori Magongo along Okene-Ogori road, Kogi, our officers and men were timely in response to it.”

“Our officers in conjunction with the Police and military personnel came to the rescue and rushed the injured to four different medical centres for medical treatment. The corpses of the dead have also been deposited at the morgue of the Ageva General Hospital, Okene.”







The accident, according to Dawulung, was caused by speed, which was uncontrollable at “a sharp bend.”

The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.











The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.

He defined mixed loading as the loading of goods and passengers in trucks and other vehicles designed solely to transport goods.

He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to road traffic regulations at all times in order to avoid such calamitous incidents.










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