IHRC Attends ECOWAS Parliamentary Session on Child Labour, Nigeria
It is argued that children in Nigeria are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including commercial sexual exploitation and use in armed conflict as well as quarrying granite and artisanal mining. Nigeria continues to be a source, transit, and destination country for forced labor and sex trafficking of both adults and children.
Trafficked Nigerians are recruited from primarily rural areas within the country, with women and girls recruited for domestic service and sex trafficking while boys are recruited for street vending, domestic service, mining, agriculture, and begging. (1) Benin City, the capital of Edo State, continues to be a major.
The consequences of child labor on children are devastating – with ripple effects that can last a lifetime as it violates the right of every child to be a child and to grow up free from exploitation, abuse, and violence. To this end, the Ambassador at Large and Head of Diplomatic Mission IHRC Nigeria, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Duru Hezekiah, honored the invitation of the Economic Community of the Western African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Abuja, Nigeria on taking stock and sustaining the commitment of the ECOWAS Parliament against child labor.
The event is a Follow-up workshop jointly organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), and in cooperation with the Parliament of the Economic Community of the Western African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Abuja, Nigeria on the 18th May 2023.
IHRC Officials at the event were Itodo Victor Esq, Mr. Timnan Dapchir Emmanuel and Fidelis Onakpoma as the National Volunteers Coordinator, NVC Elijah Vitus Echendu helped in the facilitation.
IHRC Head of Media, Nigeria.
May 19th, 2023.