ILO urges Nigerian government to increase investment in social protection

The International Labor Organization(ILO) on Saturday in Abuja instructed the Nigerian government to increase investment in social protection to eliminate child labour.

Its Country Director in Nigeria, Vanessa Phala, made the call during a road march to commemorate World Day Against Child Abuse.

The theme of the 2022 Day is “Universal social protection to end child labour”.

“I call on the Nigerian government to increase investment in social protection to make it a right for all Nigerians, including children.

“The government should also establish universal child and family allowances and extend social protection to the informal and rural economy.

“It’s important to reduce child labor because the problems are more prevalent in rural areas,” she said.

Ms. Phala noted that while social protection had featured prominently in national and state policy documents, development plans and budget allocations, coverage remained low.

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“The latest ILO social security survey carried out in collaboration with the federal government in 2019 showed that only 12% of children benefited from social protection.

“This is done mainly through the Home Grown School Feeding Programme,” she noted.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Chris Ngige, Minister of Labor and Employment, has said that the Federal Government is investing billions in social welfare to fight poverty and improve the lives of parents and children. children.

In his remarks, Daju Kachollom, permanent secretary in the ministry, said the government was working to ensure a drastic reduction in child labour.

“We have at least 15 million children in Nigeria who are in forced labor and no country can develop if it does not take care of its little ones,” she said. (NOPE)

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