Global March Begins War Against Child Labour, Presses For Policy Changes

By Akanimo Sampson

The Global March Against Child Labour (Global March) is currently seeking to eliminate child labour by questioning, addressing and changing the very systems that compel children to work, at the global, regional and national levels.

The group, a global network of trade unions, teachers’ and civil society organisations says what is key in the fight to end child labour, is the need to advocate for policy changes.

The network is already working together towards the shared development goals of eliminating and preventing all forms of child labour, slavery and trafficking and ensuring access by all children to free, meaningful and good quality public education.

The group said on their web site that they are mobilising and supporting their constituents to contribute to local, national, regional and global efforts and support for a range of international instruments relating to the protection and promotion of children’s rights and engage with the United Nations, international, inter-governmental agencies and civil societies on the same, including for:

  • The achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • The ratification and implementation of the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s core labour standards, in particular the Child Labour Conventions No. 138 on Minimum Age of Employment and Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour;
  • The implementation of and follow-up to the ILO’s Declaration of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work;
  • The implementation of and follow-up to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • Compiling and disseminating broad framework of knowledge, making the organisation a central point of reference on child labour.
  • Bringing together a range of stakeholders to build and strengthen a coherent worldwide movement for the elimination of child labour
  • Having a clear and measurable impact on policies and programmes related to child labour through advocacy activities carried out in partnership with stakeholders
  • Contributing significantly to meaningful and positive social change in favour of children’s rights through informed awareness-raising in partnership with stakeholders.
  • Strengthening worldwide movement against child labour, slavery and trafficking towards roadmap 2030

Furthermore, the group says they recognise the critical importance of ensuring that the world continues to fulfill the job left by the Millennium Development Goals and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, in particular the following Goals and Targets for ending child labour, slavery and trafficking and promote education for all:

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Target 8.7: Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers and by 2025, end child labour in all its forms. <>6:14 AM (10 hours ago)
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Kaduna: El-Rufai Moves To Cage Killer Herdsmen

By Akanimo Sampson

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State is currently making moves to contain the killer herdsmen soaking the state in blood. His administration is starting with a curfew in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state where there has been a worrisome bloodletting.

Spokesman for the administration, Samuel Aruwan, says security assessments had necessitated the imposition of a dusk to dawn curfew in all parts of Kajuru Local Government Area, effective from Wednesday.

According to him, the dusk to dawn curfew was also extended to Kujama and Maraban Rido, which were located in Chikun Local Government, pointing out that the curfew in the affected areas will be from 6 pm to 6 am daily, until further notice.

Consequently, the El-Rufai administration has directed security agencies to ensure strict enforcement of the curfew even as they appealed to all residents and communities in the affected areas to bear with the inconveniences.

The killer herdsmen appeared to have ran amok as they short-circuited the lives of at least, 85 people during attacks on three communities in Kajuru. The killings which allegedly took place in three communities began from Sunday and lasted till Monday.

The communities include Ungwan Barde and Gamu villages in Kajuru Local Government Area and Gerti, Kaninkon Chiefdom in Jama’a Local Government Area all in the southern part of the state.

The attacks in Ungwan Barde occurred on Sunday morning when suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded the community and killed at least 35 people.

Though the Spokesman for the Police, Kaduna State Command, Yakubu Sabo, who confirmed the attack on Ungwan Barde, claimed that only 16 persons were killed, a former President of the Adara Development Association (ADA), Danladi Yarima, said 35 people were killed in Sunday’s attack on Ungwan Barde.

He also said that the attack on Ungwan Gamu village on Monday left over 46 people dead while about 100 houses were set ablaze by the attackers, adding that two of the corpses, including that of the wife of the pastor of an ECWA church in the village, were recovered in a river.

According to Yerima, ‘’we recovered 35 bodies in Ungwan Barde and 46 in Ungwan Gamu. Some people are still missing because they ran into the bush when the Fulani herdsmen invaded the communities. We don’t know whether they are still alive or dead?

‘’We recovered two corpses in a river including the body of the wife of the pastor of the ECWA church in the village. There was massive exodus of women and children from the village as the men evacuated their families to safe zones because the police that were deployed to the community left yesterday (Monday). We are calling on the Kaduna State government to do something about the situation to stop the destruction of lives and property.’’

At Gerti village in Jama’a Local Government Area, four persons were reported to have been killed in an attack by herdsmen.

National President of the Kaninkon Development Association, Kolbe Jonathan, said the incident occurred on Sunday. He also said one person was killed on Sunday, adding that three others were killed on Monday in an attack during a condolence visit to the family of the person killed the previous day.

However, in a statement issued in Kaduna ADA said, ‘’Kajuru land and by extension the Adara nation has been gripped by a fully funded and supported group of terrorists that have been wreaking havoc in our lands for long, while those saddled with the responsibility of securing us deliberately looked the other way.’’

Its Assistant National Secretary, Luke Waziri, a lawyer, who signed the statement also called for the release of its leaders arrested during the attack on Ungwan Barde just before the presidential election.

‘’First, Ungwan Barde was attacked on February 10, 2019, and nobody said anything even though those in government knew. Furthermore, the government pretended that the 11 people killed didn’t matter. Then Karamai, another of our communities, was attacked on February 26 with 38 people killed. While the victims were buried in a mass grave and the injured yet to recover, Ungwan Barde village was attacked again on Sunday 10th March; 17 people were killed and dozens of houses burnt.

‘’The next day, while we were still searching for more bodies, Inkirimi and Dogonnoma villages in Maro were attacked; 52 people were killed and dozens injured. The smoke had barely settled when an attack was launched in the evening at Ungwan Gora (Labi village) with dozens injured and 43 houses burnt. Thousands of households have been displaced now and are moving from one village to the other in search of safety and refuge.

‘’In all these, not a single person has been arrested, not even questioned. This is despite the fact that all the attacks took place either in the morning or in the evening – in full glare of everyone. The terrorists come in their hundreds, take time to kill and then leave without anyone being caught or apprehended by the security’’, the statement said. <>6:15 AM (10 hours ago)
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Aftermath Of Udom, Ugwuanyi’s Victory, High Expectations In A’Ibom, Enugu

By Akanimo Sampson

Following the re-election victories of Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, and his Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the peoples of the two states are expecting greater performance from them in their second-term.

Handlers of the governors however, say their principals are aware that their re-election was an invitation to deliver more dividend of democracy.

To embolden Udom to do more in Akwa Ibom, the state House of Assembly has passed the state’s appropriation bill of N672.984 billion for the 2019 fiscal year into law.

This is coming as traditional rulers and workers in Enugu were rejoicing with Governor Ugwuanyi on his electoral victory and urging him to brace up for more enduring legacies.  The workers through the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) said the ‘’jubilatory election is a true representation of the wishes of the entire Enugu workers’’.

For the traditional rulers of Eastern Nigeria who spoke through the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, said they ‘’join the people of Enugu in thanking God for the peaceful elections that took place in the state’’.

Achebe pointed out that the resounding victory Governor Ugwuanyi recorded at the poll was a re-affirmation of the confidence the people of the state reposed in him ‘’by giving him the mandate to lead them for another four years of laudable achievements’’.

Continuing, the Onitsha monarch said the victory ‘’shows that his previous four years was done very well”, saying: “We thank God for that and hope that he will build on his achievements in the last four years to give him room for stronger days in the next four years’’.

He however, said that they were in Enugu for their quarterly meeting where they deliberated and took decisions on issues of great importance to the people of the region and Nigeria, and accordingly thanked the governor for his hospitality and other necessary support he provided towards the successful hosting of the event.

He also expressed gratitude to Ugwuanyi and other governors of the Igbo people for their leadership role in closing the ‘’little gap in communication’’ that had existed among the traditional rulers, in the interest of the East.

In their congratulatory message signed by the Chairman and Secretary of TUC, Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe and Benneth Asogwa, respectively workers in Enugu maintained that Ugwuanyi’s victory ‘’speaks volumes of your good works in the state. Your administration will continue to put smile on the faces of Enugu workers as you will do more to improve the welfare of workers in the state’’.

They therefore, prayed God to continue to bestow the governor with Divine wisdom and strengthen him as he carries out what they described as the ‘’onerous task’’ of governing Enugu.

However, in Akwa Ibom, the passed budget is against the N670.718billion proposal presented by Governor Udom Emmanuel on November 13, 2018 on the floor of the House.

The 2019 Appropriation Bill was passed, after the consideration and adoption of the report submitted by the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation chaired by Usoro Akpansoh, the member representing Ibeno/Esit Eket state constituency.

Speaker of the House Onofiok Luke, who is heading to the Green Chamber of the National Assembly in his remarks said they tailored the appropriation bill christened, Budget of Industrialisation for Poverty Alleviation, to meet salient socio-economic agenda of the government in the areas of infrastructure development, job creation and revenue generation.

According to him, ‘’and to keep the budget in sync with current needs and having considered the opinions of Akwa Ibom people and stakeholders, we decided to increase the total budget by a little over N2 billion to bring the 2019 estimate to N672.98 billion. It must be emphasised that what we approved emanated from the wishes of stakeholders who considered the parameters for the 2019 proposal during the public hearing on the budget.

‘’Our overall objective was to see that priority was given to areas of immediate importance to the people while we pursue the larger goal of full-scale industrialisation. This House believes that the 2019 Appropriation Bill, having been anchored on identified needs of the people will give impetus for our sustained industrial development.

‘’It gives all of us great joy therefore, to play the noble role which we have played to see that this bill becomes a law on this day. I commend our collective resilience and loyalty to the people whose mandate we hold.’’

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