The House of Representatives? directed its relevant committees to investigate alleged use of child labour at some quarries in Kaduna?and Nasarawa states.

The?committees are Women Affairs and Social Development as well as?Human Rights.

They are?expected to report their findings to the house within four weeks.

It further mandated the Committee on Women Affairs to liaise with the Ministry of Women Affairs to take urgent steps to halt?the practice.

The resolution followed a motion raised by Hon. Hassan Saleh (PDP-Benue), which was adopted when put to vote by the Speaker Aminu Tambuwal.

The motion is entitled: Urgent need to investigate the use of child labour in some quarries in Kaduna and Nasarawa states”.

Saleh noted that some quarries usually engaged?children of primary school age who ought to be in school to work in their quarries crushing rocks from?8a.m?to?7p.m.

He said that it was recently reported that about 40 children were presently engaged in a quarry site along Yakowa road in Kajuru, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

The lawmaker said that some of these children were also found along Akwanga-Lafia road in Nasarawa state.

Saleh said that the children were also alleged to be working in risky environment.

He expressed concern?that the school age children fall within the protective provision of the Child Rights Act,?citing sections 28 and 30.

The legislator said that the children were daily exposed to very harsh conditions?while?working?under the scorching sun.

He expressed concern that the children working in some of these quarries were children between ages 9 and 15, who he said, still required the protection of their parents and the states.?

“The employment of children of these ages is a deprivation of their ability to attend regular schools and could subsequently cause irreparable mental, social and moral damage to them.”

The house also directed states yet?to domesticate the Child Rights Act to do so.

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