Stakeholders in EDO State believe that for a country to optimize its development potentials, attention have to be redirected to child development and care during its policy implementations.
At a one day sensitization event held recently in Benin City, to Commemorate 2021 International Day of Social Justice, The Conference of Non Governmental Organizations, CONGOs, along side other relevant agencies of government harped on the need to seek possible solutions in mitigating all forms of child labour and abuse in the State.
It was a gathering of relevant stakeholders in Benin City, Edo State. They had gathered to address causes of Child Labour and other forms of abuses trending in the 18 Local Government Areas in the state.
Abiola Daisy, President of CONGOs who addressed participants during the event, noted that, when qualitative development is given to children, a productive adult population is generated. She pointed that, by so doing, social orders are optimized .
Earlier, the committee chairman of the Conference, Jeffery Scot-Emakpor in his opening remarks admitted that his committee has razed the bar in the fight against Child Labour and Abuse in collaboration with relevant government Agencies.
Joy Ihensekhien representing the State’s Permanent Secretary, Pastor Dorcas Idehen, Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues, as well as Osaji Angela of NAPTIP Edo amongst several others said the event was apt considering the level of youth restiveness.
In 2017, Nigeria made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour and abuse when Edo State established a Task Force to combat it
However, children are still being engaged in the worst forms of child labor and abuse in the state which tend to be a pointer to the fact that social programs are not sufficient to address the scope of the problem.