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The Institute of Social Work of Nigeria (ISOWN) has expressed sadness over the number of children used as Breadwinners with an estimated figure of about 16 million in the country trapped

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Following reports released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), The Institute said with the numbers on the rise, There is a an urgent need for the Nigerian states to call for a National action plan and notably is the fact that Nigeria records the highest rate of child labour in West Africa.

ISOWN Executive Director, Dr John Emaimo said this in a statement through her Communications Manager, Aniekan Michael whilst commemorating the 2022 edition of World Day for Social workers held on the 15th day of March with the theme Co- building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No one Behind.

“This act of wickedness from parents to children leads to an extremely dangerous society and continues to breed more social ills and often results in bodily harm, severe trauma and even death.

“It’s sad to note that Modern slavery is still on the rise despite measures by the Nigerian Government and International Partners to clamp down on evoling trends by perpetrators, Africa ranks highest among regions both in the percentage of children in child labor — one-fifth — and the absolute number of children in child labor — 72 million.

“Estimates determine that the current number of child workers in Nigeria is 15 million according to the International Labor Organization (ILO). At a staggering 43% of the total population of minors, it is the highest recorded rate of child labor in Western Africa,” according to report from the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria.

The group said despite extant provisions in the labour laws, “Nigeria does not actively enforce safety regulations or stiffer penalties for perpetrators of these heinous crimes. We therefore, call on all stakeholders to join the work force as we seek to combat Modern slavery from our communities.

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