Labor Minister, Moses Y. Kollie says plans are underway for full endorsement of the National Action Plan (NAP) Document on the elimination of Child Labor in the country by cabinet. He said the move will set the platform for addressing child labor through mainstreaming in all sectors of the economy.
Mr. Kollie said the government through the Ministry of Labor, has committed itself to this process by the development of a National Action Plan (NAP) Document that is to address child labor issues in Liberia from 2018-2030.
The Labor Minister made comment on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 when he delivered a special statement at the opening of the Legislative Reform Committee (LRC) Validation Workshop on Hazardous list for Liberian children held at the Cape Hotel, Mamba point Monrovia.
Minister Kollie reminded the participants that Liberia as a member State of the International Labor Organization (ILO), ratified ILO Convention 182 in June 2003 which calls for the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor.
He said that the ILO Convention 138, which sets the minimum age for admission to work, recommends that all ratifying countries to this convention develop a list of Hazards as a key step to establishing a legal framework that enables children to participate in the labor market while ensuring that such action is not taken at the detriment of their education but rather, they are properly protected against works that would be harmful to their health and safety.
He noted that as Liberia move on the path of sustainable development, there is a need to include all well-meaning stakeholders in partnership to achieving Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals which calls for member states of the ILO to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate force labor, end modern slavery and human trafficking by 2030 as well as, secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labor in all forms.
He used the occasion to extend his Ministry gratitude to the Winrock International Family; the Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labor (CLEAR II) and the Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) for partnering with the Ministry of Labor in achieving this goal.
The workshop is organized by the National Commission on Child Labour (NACOMA) if the Ministry of Labour, Winrock International Country Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce Child Labor (CLEAR II) and the Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) with support from the United States Department of Labor.