ILO Supports Nigeria in Achieving its 2021 Action Pledge on the Elimination of Child Labour

The Federal Government of Nigeria, with the support of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), launches the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour (IYECL) and validates the National Policy on Child Labour and the National Action Plan for the Elimination of Child Labour (2021 – 2025) to reduce the rate of child labour in the country

Article | 18 April 2021
All is now set to take immediate steps to implement the Action Pledges and other activities aimed at eliminating Child Labour in order to achieve the target of having a society free of Child Labour and other forms of modern slavery by 2025
In a keynote address, Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, stated that the event was to commemorate the formal launch, and the implementation of the Action Pledges made by Nigeria at the global launch of the IYECL on 21st January 2021.

At the international launch of IYECL, Nigeria had committed to prioritizing key activities towards the achievement of Target 8.7 of the SDG, which seeks to end Child Labour, Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking by 2025.

The pledges included the validation of the second cycle of the National Policy on the Elimination of Child Labour and its National Action Plan, before the end of February.

‘’This pledge had been achieved already as “the reviewed National Policy on Child Labour and the National Action Plan for the Elimination of Child Labour (2021 – 2025) was validated earlier today,” noted Dr Ngige.

The ILO urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure the implementation of the validated National Policy and action plan on child Labour to accelerate the eradication of child labour in the country.

The Director, ILO Country Office, Vanessa Phala, while speaking at the launch, commended Nigeria for operationalizing one of the Action Pledges it made during the Global Launch of the 2021 IYECL.

Represented by Chi-Chi Emeka-Anunu, Ms. Phala said the implementation of the pledges required the collective action of all the stakeholders.
She pledged the support of the ILO to all its tripartite partners and all other relevant stakeholders in the fight against Child Labour.
“All is now set to take immediate steps to implement the Action Pledges and other activities aimed at eliminating Child Labour in order to achieve the target of having a society free of Child Labour and other forms of modern slavery by 2025,” said Dr Ngige.

He noted that the UN General Assembly had in July, 2019 declared 2021 as the “International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour”, and the International Labour Organization (ILO) was mandated to take the lead in implementing it.

The declaration, he said, “was a call for an accelerated pace of progress at all levels in the global fight against Child Labour, through practical and innovative actions, and awareness creation programmes at global, regional and national levels.”

Dr Ngige further stated that at the African Regional Launch of the IYECL held on 31st March, 2021, Nigeria also demonstrated its readiness to shift from commitment to action in achieving the African Union (AU) agenda.

Nigeria Action Pledges prioritized “key activities towards the achievement of Target 8.7 of the SDG, which seeks to end Child Labour, Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking by 2025” and included the validation of the second cycle of the National Policy on the Elimination of Child Labour and its National Action Plan, before the end of February.