Corps Members, INTACOM Africa sensitize Anambra students on child labour

A Non2016_06_20_40851 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.
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