Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Nigeria

Cocoa
Cocoa
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Gold
Gold
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Granite
Granite
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Gravel (Crushed Stones)
Gravel (Crushed Stones)
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Manioc/Cassava
Manioc/Cassava
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Sand
Sand
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Nigeria
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2019, Nigeria made a minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor.  The government launched two new state-level task forces to combat human trafficking in Delta and Ondo states. Children engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in quarrying granite, artisan mining, commercial sexual exploitation, and armed conflict, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. The Child's Right Act has only been adopted by 25 out of Nigeria's 36 states, leaving the remaining 11 states in northern Nigeria with legal statutes that do not meet international standards for the prohibition of child trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, and illicit activities. In addition, the minimum age for work in the Labour Act does not apply to children who are self-employed or working in the informal economy, which does not conform to international standards that require all children to be protected by the minimum age to work. Furthermore, the number of labor inspectors does not meet the ILO's technical advice for the size of Nigeria's workforce, and social programs do not address all relevant sectors.

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