Ministry of Mines, Steel Development Warns Women Against Child Labour



As part of efforts to eliminate child labour in the Country, the Permanent Secretary ,Ministry of Mines and Steel Development ,Dr. AbdulKadir Muazu has warned women in mining sector not take their children to mining site to guarantee their safety.

Muazu gave this warning while speaking at the empowerment of 20 women during a the programme titled “Eliminating Child labour through women empowerment” in Emiworo Community in Ajaokuta ,Local government area of Kogi State State on Wednesday.

He explained that the most vulnerable group of people are child workers, stressing that the people need to direct attention on them for the future of the country .

The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Chief Miner in Charge of Kogi State, Engineer Dejomaoh Florence stated that it is no more acceptable that children should be found working in hazardous conditions that will likely affect their health now nor in the nearest future which he said most times even lead to their death.

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“Nigeria as a country had ratified the ILO Convention 182 that talks about worse form of Child Labour ,some of these works are hazardous in nature and mining happened to be one of them, therefore eliminating child labour in our society must involve every one of us from government to employers and parents

“However, as Nigerians, we know that it is encouraged in our societies for children to carry out little tasks around the house and even participate in works that are appropriate to their level of development as a way of training them,” the Permanent Secretary said.

Muazu pointed out that the difficulties have started coming in ,noting that “the situation change when we found parents involving their children in economic activities that will bring money to augument family resources, adding that in most situations has resulted in children selling out of school or not or not starting at all.

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The facilitator and the Desk Officer, Gender and Children, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Hajia Hassana Shaba told the women in Mining to be safety conscious , saying that under no circumstance should they take their children to Mining site .

She explained that the objective of the empowerment is to discourage child labour, adding that the federal government has also decided to encourage women in the Mining business by providing them with working tools for the safety of their lives.

The Chairperson of Kogi Women in Mining ,Mrs Janet Haiaba commended the Federal government for the empowerment of 20 members ,saying that they ventured into the business in 2015 and are faced with many challenges.

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Mrs Haiaba noted that following the sad event that occurred when about 11 people lost their lives in 2015, she decided to call all other minners to come under one umbrella and formed this association .

“We are happy today that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has recognised us and they are encouraging us in our business, she said

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