By Gid Ahanonu
A four-man delegation from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Imo State branch, penultimate Wednesday paid a visit to a community leader in Owerri, Chief Oweaya Anukam, to solicit for moral and financial assistance for the annual World Day Celebration on Eradication of Child Labour to be held on June 12, 2016.
The leader of the team, Mrs. L.M. Adogu who is also the Imo State controller, disclosed that they sourced for funds and support from community leaders and philanthropists to enable them carry out sensitization programmes on eradication of child labour in line with national and international practices.
Responding, Chief Dr Oweaya Christian Anukam who is also the Interim President-General of Owerri Communities Assembly (OCA), called on the federal government to monitor the activities of various agencies detailed to arrest culprits in different spheres.
He attributed the remote causes of child abuse to lack of employment and non-payment of adequate salaries and pensions to some children’s parents by governments.
Chief Anukam equally called on various levels of government to provide education and employment to the vulnerable groups where possible as some of the victims like hawkers are not exploited willingly.
The community leader assured them of his maximum support by mobilizing the men, women and youth organisations in Owerri communities for sensitization but also urged his guests to pass through the community leaders for the employment of youths as it is their duty to provide qualified personnel for the federal government.
The other labour officers that accompanied the state controller on the visit were Mr. Onyemetulam Chijindu, Mr. Nwaeze Nnamdi and Mrs. Ojiako Chizoma.