The ILO collaborates with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment on a Capacity Building Workshop for Desk Officers in Nigeria

The training sought to, build the requisite skill of 37 Child Labour Desk Officers and also equip them on the modalities of implementing the Actions Pledged by the Ministry during the launch of International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour (IYECL).

News | 13 December 2021
During the training, participants were privy to relevant insights on current innovations on detecting child labour and other emerging child labour issues.
The ILO through the ACCEL Africa Project in Nigeria supported the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment in training over 47 FMLE Officers comprising of 36 Labour Desk Officers of the 36 states of the Federation. Amongst the participants were Child Labour Officers from the Child Labour Unit of the Inspectorate Department of the Ministry.

This 3-day training which took place on 29 November to 1 December 2021 was aimed at enhancing the national response to eradicating Child Labour towards the achievement of Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

the ILO made a call for the ratification of convention on domestic workers (Convention. 189) and the acceleration of the implementation of the NAP to achieve the purpose of the training.
More Specifically, the training sought to, build the requisite skill of 37 Child Labour Desk Officers and also equip them on the modalities of implementing the Actions Pledged by the Ministry during the launch of International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour (IYECL).

The training saw the participation of the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment whom in his remarks, while expressing his thanks for to ILO for the support, also pointed out the necessity to ensure continuous intervention in some states in Nigeria where child labour may be an endemic.

“Transformation begins with us and at our door if otherwise our country will not be better. We need to think outside the box on how to eradicate child labour” He said.

During the training, participants were privy to relevant insights on current innovations on detecting child labour and other emerging child labour issues. They were encouraged to build positive attitudes and behaviours on the job and develop the right mix of methodologies or technics in Child Labour specific inspections.

The call for effective labour inspection to enforce the provisions of the labour Act was emphasized at the training, backed with data from NBS statistics and the Global report which showed an increase in child labour in the recent times.

Data from the report indicated that 70% of children in hazardous work in Agriculture and mining sectors in the global supply chains.

Furthermore, the ILO made a call for the ratification of convention on domestic workers (Convention. 189) and the acceleration of the implementation of the NAP to achieve the purpose of the training.

“Transformation begins with us and at our door if otherwise our country will not be better. We need to think outside the box on how to eradicate child labour”, said the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment in their opening remarks
The meeting concluded with the ILO reiterating its continuous commitment and support Eradication of Child Labour, Forced Labour and other forms of modern slavery from workplaces especially the informal sector and households.