24.6m Nigerian Children In Child Labour

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Twenty-two years after the last survey on child and forced labour in , the () and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in their reports on Thursday, said over 24 million Nigerian children between the age of 5 to 17 are embroiled in child labour.

The figure, according to the Nigeria Child and Forced Labour Survey conducted in 2022 shows that of the 24,673,485, (39.2%) of the child population is caught in the web of child labour with a nearly equal distribution among boys, 39.6% and girls 38.8%.

Of this figures, 30.0% of the child workers are found in urban settings while 44.8% are in rural areas.

Further breakdown of the data revealed that 31,756,302 of Nigeria's child population, representing 50.5% are in economic activity while 14, 390,353 (22.9%) are in hazardous work.

Regionally, the North-West geopolitical zone bears the highest brunt in child labour with 6,407,102 and 3,266,728 in hazardous work.

In contrast, the South-East stands out with the highest rate of hazardous work and child labour, affecting 49.9% of its child population.

The report also indicates that 5.2% individuals per thousand are subjected to forced labour in their current employment, drawn from a total of 617,503 individuals identified in 2022.

The sectors most affected include services, excluding domestic work 36.9% and agriculture 36.2%.

The Statistician-General of the Federation and CEO of the NBS, Semiu Adeyemi Adeniran, affirmed the reliability of the data, which was gathered from a sample of 16,000 households across all 36 states and the (FCT).

Adeniran emphasised that the findings provide stakeholders with a solid for making informed decisions.

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