Daily Trust (Abuja)

12 September 2013

Nigeria: 15 Million Nigerian Children in Hazardous Labour - FG

The Federal Government has says no fewer than 15 million Nigerian children are currently in hazardous labour.

Information Minister Labaran Maku disclosed this in Abuja yesterday while addressing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

Maku said following a memo brought by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Nwogu, the council endorsed a draft national policy on child labour with a view to addressing the challenges facing the affected children.

According to Maku, the child labour in question refers to all activities harmful to the health as well as the physical and psychological well-being of the Nigerian child.

These activities, he said, included forced labour and others capable of preventing children from being educated.

The minister maintained that child labour undermines national development and provides a reservoir of children for easy recruitment into violent acts.

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