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Child Labor Blamed On Weak Enforcement

The Deputy Labor Minister for Planning and Manpower Development, Atty. Phil T. Dixon has blamed the increase of child labor practices in the country on the weak system of the enforcement of local laws.

He said though there cannot be 100% monitoring of child labor activities in the country and enforcement of local laws, there must be some instances wherein child labor has been identified with substantive effort to reduce them.

The Deputy Labor Minister spoke on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the opening of a two-day workshop of the National Child Labor Monitoring System (CLMS) Working Group held at the YMCA Gymnasium, Crown-Hill, Broad Street in Monrovia.

The workshop is sponsored by WINROCK International CLEAR II Project in collaboration with the National Commission On Child Labor (NACOMAL)–Ministry of Labor and it brings together over 20 participants drawn from Line Ministries of Government as well as Child Labor Monitoring Groups in Liberia.

Atty. Dixon said that the Ministry of Labor has a lot of concerns when it comes to the practice of child labor in Liberia and it is encouraging all partners to join the fight against child labor in the country.

He noted, “As a new government, we see child labor as part of some unworkable overlapping issues in our country. Child Labor could be revolving around trafficking. That is, a child could be brought up from up the hinterland and ends up in one of the garages, rock crushing labor or selling cold water in the streets of Monrovia, which is equated to a child labor.”

Atty. Dixon used the occasion to call on Liberians to work together to identify ways and means to reduce child labor and stressed the need to strengthen the monitoring of the practice in Liberia.

He told the participants to take the workshop seriously so as to enable them to be a part of the fight against child labor and to do it to the best of their ability.

Concluding, Deputy Minister Dixon said he hopes that the program should not come to a standstill because donor funding had stopped like many other local organizations in the past.

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