June 12, every year is cemented as a World Day Against Child Labour, in Lagos State, Nigeria to sensitize and create awareness on the plight of child labourers across the world.
The first lady of Lagos State government, wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has called on mothers and guardians to kick against child labour, molestation, abuse and pay close attention to the social, physical and mental welfare of their children and wards in the society.
The first lady, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode made this laudable remarks over the weekend at the interactive section with newsmen at Ikeja, the state capital of Lagos State, on the celebration of the 2017 World Day Against Child Labour.
It was disclosed by the first lady Mrs. Ambode that child labour is a grave crime against humanity as it keeps the child away from all benefits of childhood such as social, physical and mental participation in childhood activities, which is about the happiest and most memorable period in the life of a human-being.
The first lady, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode also stated that a sound and healthy children were the future of a great country, that parent and guardian should henceforth stop and kick against the act of engaging children in illicit labour which amounted to spoiling and destroying the future of the children and the country’s glory.
That the non-eradication of the illegal act interferes with the child’s right to basic education, making them vulnerable and a social liability in the society.
The first lady, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode pleaded with parents and guardian to always extend love to their children and wards, ensure school enrolment for them and ensure that they grow with good memories of childhood.
The first lady, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode was further quoted as follows, “Child labour refers to the employment of children in any work that deprives children of the joy of childhood; interferes with their ability to attend regular schools, which is mentally, physically, socially and morally dangerous and harmful to the society. This practice is considered exploitative”.
“Every child should enjoy childhood when they must live in the love and care of their parents. However, this illegal act of child labour forces the child to live like an adult. It causes untold emotional pains for the child and leads to unhealthy and unbalanced development of the mind, as well as social and intellectual backwardness”.
At the interactive section, the first lady also disclosed that that Lagos state government always lead by significant values among all the states of the federation, that Lagos State was the first state among the 36 states of in Nigeria federation to domiciled and enacted into law the Child’s Rights Law providing the platform to enforce the rights of the child in the state.