In an effort to address the alarming rise of child labour in Nigeria, the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) recently conducted a 3-day Capacity Building Workshop for the National Steering Committee on the Elimination of Child Labour. The workshop took place from 12th to 15th July 2023 and brought together key stakeholders from various Nigerian agencies under the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Project (A-TIPSOM), which is funded by the European Union.
The committee comprises of representatives from various key organizations, including the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Network of Civil Society Organizations Against Trafficking and Child Labour (NACTAL), Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Police Force, as well as several Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).
At the opening session of the workshop, Mr. Federico Millan, the team leader of the A-TIPSOM project, conveyed his message to the participants through his representative, Technical Advisor on Protection, Mrs. Nurat Lawal. He emphasized that the primary objective of the workshop is to empower the steering committee with enhanced capacities to effectively combat and eliminate child labour in Nigeria.
Child labour remains a pressing issue in Nigeria, and the country is grappling with the plight of millions of young children who are trapped in exploitative labor conditions. The situation calls for urgent and collaborative action from all relevant stakeholders to address this grave humanitarian concern.