– A department of the United States has accused Nigeria of, among others, engaging in the use of child soldiers – The report from the foreign agency has not gone down well with the Nigerian government government and minister Chris Ngige confirms it Nigeria is not taking lightly the recent report by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL) that the country is engaging in the use of child soldiers following its challenges with insurgency. Nigeria, the most populated in Africa, has grappled with the Boko Haram for years. Its military only recently began recorded huge successes in the fight against the terrorists mostly in the northeastern part of the country. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Ngige rejects US report on Nigeria’s use of child soldiers In reaction to the report by the US agency, Chris Ngige, Nigeria’s labour and employment minister, expressed the country’s rejection while receiving representatives of the department led by Marlin Hardinger in his office in Abuja. Premium Times said Samuel Olowookere, a deputy director in charge of press in the ministry, released a statement quoting the minister’s stand concerning the issue. “Similar low rating of the country by the department, includes sectors like agriculture, gold mining and construction as well as begging and scavenging.
Nigerian Army arrests 32 Boko Haram collaborators “Child involvement in those sectors are partly due to cultural practices as well as consequence of poverty and poor education in parts of Africa. “The issue of artisanal gold mining by children was a cultural practice based on village groups who involve youth and women groupings,” the minister was quoted as saying in the statement while assuring that every other aspect of the report where the nation was genuinely lagging would be swiftly tackled. He also said that Nigeria would soon respond fully to the report even though the US department commended the federal government for making significant progress in reducing child labour and human trafficking.
$2.1b arms probe: Let the courts decide – Presidency tells GEJ Hardinger said the reports reviewed child labour issuea in 142 countries, adding: “Significant update on the report covering 124 countries listed Nigeria to have been combating child labour. “Nigeria has made efforts to do good legislation against child labour.”