The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) expresses its solidarity with victims of Child Labour scattered across the globe.
In a solidarity message to commemorate the 2016 World Day against Child Labour, the Acting Director-General of the NAPTIP, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri reiterated the commitment of the Agency in joining hands with other stakeholders around the world to end Child Labour.
Describing Child Labour as a sad development, Dangiri stated that Nigeria has a fair share in the several Millions of children victims of child labour, who are living in slave-like conditions across the globe, having been deceived and lured out of their homes by criminal gangs and greedy parents.
He explained that victims of child labour suffer varying degrees of misfortune, inhumane treatments, psychological and emotional harm, physical torture, socio-economic violence, sexual abuse and harmful traditional practices that undermine their natural development as human beings.
‘’Their worth and dignity are destroyed, their lives are made worthless and with no hope on sight”, he stated.
On the focus of this year’s activities which is ‘Child Labour and Supply Chain’, the NAPTIP Boss stressed the need for labour inspectors to be more diligent in their activities and to ensure that no child is found working in plantations, quarries, manufacturing firms and other places where children are placed under harmful situations.
He said ‘’the negligence of parents to their children and their greed which pushes the children out should no longer be tolerated in Nigeria. Children are gifts from God and parents are under obligation to take care of these children until they come of age. Unfortunately, many of our people now delight in making their children bread winners at very tender age while they feed fat on the sweat of those children. That is evil and must be stopped’’.
Urging Nigerians and people around the globe to show solidarity and support in preventing this horrible crime and human rights violation, he stated
‘’efforts need to be intensified by all and sundry to rid our nation of this menace. We need to take the crime of child labour seriously, as that is the first step towards its eradication’’.
‘’Victims of child labour need our empathy and support; NAPTIP, security agencies, NGOs, CBOs, and FBOs; the workers, the child, the mother, the father, the teacher, the free thinking man and woman and all that constitute the society must all come together to put an end to this’’ he further added.
On the part of NAPTIP, Dangiri pledged the resolve of the Agency to work harder to ensure that issues of child labour and all aspects of human trafficking are eliminated in Nigeria. He however, explained that such can only be achieved with the cooperation all members of the Nigerian society.
For: Head, Press and Public Relations (NAPTIP)