A Non Governmental Organisation, Integrated Anti- Human Trafficking and Community Development Initiative, (INTACOM Africa) in partner ship with the Anambra State Corps members posted to Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State yesterday took to the streets to sensitize the populace on the dangers of child Labour.
It was part of the activities lined up by INTACOM Africa as part of activities to mark the World Day Against Child Labour.
INTACOM Africa and Anambra state Corps members in Njikoka council area called on parents to treat their children and wards with honour and dignity, rather than engage them on severe labour.
The over 200 Corp members, under the edges of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) Community Development Service (CDS) group and other partners in a road walk, matched from the Local Government secretariat to Nnamdi Azikiwe secondary school, Abagana (NASSA) through the popular Oye Agu market Abagana, where the students were enlightened on the dangers of child labour.
In her message to the students, the Executive Director of INTACOM Africa, Hope Okoye, explained that child labour is any work that deprives children of their potentials and dignity in the society and called on the students to report to NAPTIP or their teachers any work that is harmful to their physical and mental development.
“Your welfare is our concern and we must all join hands to end child labour in supply chains because it is wicked and evil. Do not allow any one deceive you by promising to employ you for it may turn out to be for exploitative reasons, for prostitution or organ removal or even assign you to carry out wide range of tasks that is above your age like quarrying and other hazardous jobs” she said.
The President of the NAPTIP CDS group in Njikoka Council Area, Mr. Alabi Amos condemned the act of child labour in Nigeria and beyond and expressed shock that over 168 million children are still in child labour through supply chains all over the world and called for concerted effort to end the act and invest in the education of the children. Also speaking, Ms Chioma Anuna of Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), Enugu zonal office, called on the government to be more proactive in enforcing enabling laws against child labour, stressing that it is the only way to reduce incidence of child trafficking and labour in Nigeria.