Children in child labour stood at 39.2% in 2022- NBS

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By Okeoghene Akubuike

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says that 24,673,485 children, accounting for 39.2 per cent of all children aged five to 17 years old in Nigeria are in child labour.

The NBS said this in its Nigeria Child Labour and Forced Labour Survey Report for 2022, which was released in Abuja on Thursday.

The Bureau said child labour referred to the work for which children are either too young or that may be physically or psychologically injurious to their health and wellbeing.

The report said 31,756,302 children, accounting for 50.5 per cent of all children aged five to 17 years old in Nigeria were engaged in economic activities.

It said 14,390,353 children accounting for 22.9 per cent of children were involved in hazardous work.

The NBS said the North-West zone had the highest number of children in child labour at 6,407,102 and in hazardous work at 3,266,728.

“However, in terms of the percentage of children in child labour and hazardous work, the South-East…



Source: News Agency of Nigeria