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Worst Forms of Child Labour in Nigeria: An Appraisal of International and Local Legal Regimes

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Child labour is a global issue of international and local concern. It had been estimated that child labour accounted for 22% of the workforce in Asia, 32% in Africa, 17% in Latin America, and 1% in United States, Canada, Europe and other wealthy nations. In respect of Nigeria, it had been observed that over 15 million children aged 5 - 14 years were engaged in child labour. This work examined the meaning, causes and consequences of child labour with particular emphasis on Nigeria. It undertook a comprehensive study of international and local legal instruments against child labour. In the final analysis, the authors of this work contended that the eradication of poverty and the provision of free and compulsory primary and secondary education would contribute drastically to the reduction of child labour.

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Nwazuoke, A. and Igwe, C. (2016) Worst Forms of Child Labour in Nigeria: An Appraisal of International and Local Legal Regimes. Beijing Law Review, 7, 69-82. doi: 10.4236/blr.2016.71008.

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