FG to prosecute anyone engaging  apprentice below 12 years

GodGift Ifunanya
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The Federal Government says anyone engaging an apprentice below the age limit of 12 will be charged with child labour.

Mrs Nkiruka Onyejeocha, Minister of State for Labour and Employment said this at a roadshow sensitisation rally in Kugbo, Furniture market, on Thursday in Abuja.

Represented by Alh. Mohammed Tolani, Director Skill Development and Certification, the minister said government had begun the enforcement of 12 years minimum age for individuals to engage in apprenticeship scheme in Nigeria.

“This breaches the United Nation and International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention and standards.

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“The policy has been clearly spelt out under Labour law cap 198 section 49-53 LFN.,”she said.

Onyejeocha said the ministry had  commenced enforcement of the law and sensitisation of the people to the knowledge of the crime in the six geo-political zones of the country.

She said the ministry had started issuing  Trade Test Certificate of Competence to deserving beneficiaries in order to boost employment generation

According to her, to qualify for the training scheme, an apprentice must be accredited by the Department of Skills Development and Certification in the ministry.

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