Mr Guy Ryder, the ILO Director-General said this in a statement made available on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ryder noted that this was the first time in the ILO’s history, an International Labour Convention has been ratified by all member States.
He said that the universal ratification of the Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour was achieved following ratification by the Kingdom of Tonga.
According to Ryder, the Convention is the most rapidly ratified Convention in the history of the organisation, since its adoption 21 years ago by the International Labour Conference.
“Universal ratification of Convention 182 is an historic first that means that all children now have legal protection against the worst forms of child labour.
“It reflects a global commitment that the worst forms of child labour, such as slavery, sexual exploitation, the use of children in armed conflict or other illicit or hazardous work that compromises children’s health, morals or psychological wellbeing, have no place in our society,” he said.
Mrs Sharan Burrow, Secretary General, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), also welcomed the universal ratification.
According to Burrow, the universal ratification of Convention 182 is a potent and timely reminder of the importance of ILO standards and the need for multilateral solutions to global problems.
“Child labour is a grievous violation of fundamental rights, and it is incumbent on the ILO’s constituents and the international community to ensure that this Convention is fully implemented, including through due diligence in global supply chains,” she said.
Mr Roberto Santos, Secretary General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) described the universal ratification of the Convention as a historic moment.
“Throughout the years, the IOE and its member organisations have supported the implementation of this Convention. Today, the business community is both aware of and acting on the need to do business with respect for children’s rights.
“This is even more urgent in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot allow the fight against the worst form of child labour to backslide. Together we can work towards the end of child labour in all its forms,” he said.
It would be recalled that the ILO have estimated that there are 152 million children in child labour , 73 million of whom are in hazardous work.
The ILO also noted that 70 per cent of all child labour takes place in agriculture and are mostly related to poverty and parents’ difficulties finding decent work.
The Convention calls for the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including slavery, forced labour and trafficking.
It prohibits the use of children in armed conflict, prostitution, pornography and illicit activities such as drug trafficking, and in hazardous work.
It is one of the ILO’s eight Fundamental Conventions.
These cover the abolition of child labour, the elimination of forced labour, the abolition of work-related discrimination and the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
These principles are also covered by the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998).
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)https://nnn.ng/ilo-records-universal-ratification-on-child-labour-convention/
COVID-19 rules for pubs to change soon – UK minister
Changes will be brought in to COVID-19-related rules affecting pubs, Britain’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said on Monday.
Asked whether pubs would open at the weekend, Hancock said, “we’ll be absolutely clear about changes that we need to make in the very, very near future.
“We’ve been working on this all weekend.
“We haven’t taken the final decision about what we need to do in response to the surge in new cases that we’ve seen’’.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde
Coaches association official urges FG, football stakeholders to support players, coaches
Abdullahi told the News Agency of Nigeria that players and coaches needed financial and material support from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, as well as all football stakeholders.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic the players and coaches have been held down in their various houses, since there are no sports events.
“I wonder how they (players and coaches) are coping to feed themselves. Some of them don’t have any job other than in football,” Abdullahi said.
He said coaches and players were family men like other people in the society.
“Some of them are bread winners who are in need of money to take care of their family needs. So, they need support.’’
Abdullahi however advised coaches to use the COVID-19 period to keep fit in spite of the restriction on football activities in the country.
“They can be training individuals in their various homes and also help them to keep fit. This is because people are adding weight due to lack of sports activities.
“They should be preparing to get back to their normal training activities, before the total ease of the lockdown, so as to keep fit whenever the league commences,” he said.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye and Olawale Alabi)
International Peace Day: Commission calls for collective action to promote peace in Kaduna
The Executive Vice Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission, Priscilla Ankut, has called for collective action to promote peace and security in the state.
Ankut made the appeal in a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday, to mark the International Day of Peace.
The theme of the International Peace Day is ‘Shaping Peace Together in the COVID-19 era.’
She said residents must enthrone actions, individually and collectively, for peace and justice to thrive in the state.
“Today’s event offers the people of Kaduna State an opportunity for further reflection on actions that can be taken together to shape peace and justice in the state in the COVID-19 era.
“Despite the existing security challenges in flash point local governments of Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Kajuru, Kaura, Kauru, Jemaa and Zango Kataf, the Commission, joined by stakeholders and well-meaning residents of Kaduna state, have continued to persevere and sustain the momentum of peace-building.”
Ankut regretted that the commemoration was taking place at a time when the state is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity and criminality which have led to avoidable loss of precious lives in the state and Nigeria in general.
She, however, said that with the support of government, security agencies, NGOs, CBOs, women and youth groups, traditional and religious leaders, the commission has been shaping the peace and transforming the narrative from one of violence to one of sustainable peace and development.
“The resilience of peace artisans, especially in our local communities have been a source of encouragement.
“The commission believes that with further commitments and efforts, creativity and resourcefulness, the match toward peaceful and harmonious coexistence will be achieved sooner than later,’’ she said.
Ankut urged individuals and groups across communities, especially those that have been affected by violence, not to relent in their quest for peace and harmonious coexistence.
“This is because sustained community-driven initiatives are the most reliable and lasting instruments of building peace.
“Today, should remind us of where we are coming from, and the possibility that we are heading toward overcoming and containing insecurity, criminality, mutual misunderstanding and mistrust in our communities.
“Together, we will ensure a just, secure and peaceful environment for everyone in our dear state,’’ she added.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/ Maharazu Ahmed
NHRC inaugurates COVID-19-compliant primary school building in Imo
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the classroom block has six modern toilets, a borehole and a power generating set.
NAN also reports that the inauguration was performed by the NHRC Executive Secretary, Mr Tony Ojukwu at Central School, Ezi- East (Old St. Dominic’s Primary School) in Umueleagwa, Onicha Ezinihitte Local Government area of the state.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ojukwu described the three-classroom block as part of efforts by the commission to give the children in rural areas access to education in response to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
Ojukwu, himself an alumnus of the primary school, said that with the provision of six modern toilet facilities, running water, with hand washing basins and hand sanitiser, the school was ready for reopening.
“This inauguration ceremony is part of the yearly festivities to mark the feast of St. Dominic’s, which was the first primary school in the locality, by the old boys and girls.
“With the provision of these amenities, the old St Patrick’s Primary School has become one of the first rural schools in the state that will meet the COVID-19 protocols for reopening anytime government decides to reopen primary schools in Imo,” Ojukwu said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Transition Committee Chairman of Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government council, Mr Francis Onyeberechi, thanked NHRC for executing and inaugurating the project, calling on other sons and daughters of the state to emulate the gesture.
Onyeberechi, who was represented by Mr Chukwuma Emeghali, added that well-aerated classrooms as well as amenities to meet up with COVID-19 protocols, as required by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), was an indication that normal academic life would soon be restored in the state.
Also, the Head teacher of the school, Mrs Jacintha Chukwu, thanked the alumni of the school for synergising with the state government to create an enabling environment for the execution of the project.
She urged parents in the community to bring their children to the school upon resumption, stressing that the school was equal to the task of containing the pandemic.
Edited By: Saidu Adamu and
Source: NAN‘Wale Sadeeq