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Eradicating child labor in every societies of the world are essential in bringing development to any nation. In Nigeria with all endowments ranging from human resources to natural resources, it’s a discomfiture that Nigeria have high rate of child labor.
Children are the glory and joy of life. Children are the gift of God on earth. They are the basis of development in any nation. With these ubiquitous essence of children to life and its function to nation, it’s however saddened to know that most children are deprived from their right to education, right to childhood enjoyment and other basic right necessary for children to develop to their full potential as a result of employment that is physically, mentally, socially and morally harmful to children known as child labor.
Child labor as a cankerworm all around the world may be responsible for the reason as to why countries thrive and some fail. As they say “children are the leaders of tomorrow”. This means that nations that are willing to provide viable and visionary leaders that will contribute to the nation development, to this extent should be ready to shun child labor because child labor is an impediment to child development which may leads to the nation impediment.
In Nigeria child labor has become an hydra headed problem that pervade the nooks and crannies of the nation. According to UNICEF, it was said that more than half of Nigeria 79 million children between the age of 5 & 17 are employed in industries and also work in activities like street vendor, shoe shinning, domestic servant etc. all of which affect the efficiency of children in school and their physical and mental health which are necessary for children successful development to adult.