ILO calls on federal government to increase investment in social protection

The International Labor Organization (ILO) yesterday called on the federal government to increase its investments in social protection systems to create a strong social protection base that can protect children from child labour.

The ILO has said that without immediate action, the number of children in child labor could increase by 8.9 million by the end of 2022 due to increased poverty and vulnerability.

ILO Director, Country Office, Vanessa Phala made the call in Abuja at an event marking the World Day Against Child Labor 2022 on the theme “Universal social protection to end child labor “.

Phala said investment should focus more on improving fiscal space for social protection through an improved legal framework to make the right to social protection a reality for all Nigerians including children, the creation of universal child and family benefits, the extension of social protection to informal and rural populations. economy.
Furthermore, she said that Nigeria needs to build the capacity of children of legal working age, rehabilitate existing school structures and provide learning tools or alternatives, especially for children who need vocational training in the labor market. informal sector.

For his part, the Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said the Federal Government, together with other stakeholders, has worked diligently and collaboratively to ensure the elimination of child labor in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 and 8 and to ensure young workers of legal working age are protected and work in safe conditions.

Ngige also called on businesses to support the government in investing in social protection to strengthen the fight against child labour.

Joel C. Hicks