Mr Robert Shaddox, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Unka Rod’s Foods, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday condemned child labour on farms in Nigeria.
Shaddox, who is in the country on a 10-day visit, said this in an interview with the news men in Lagos.
According to him, child labour is rampant in Nigeria as it used to be in the U.S., before it was eradicated as it dawned on Americans that children should be in school rather than on farms.
“I noticed on my trip around some farms that child labour was prominent in the field.
“As we plan to invest in some agricultural projects and especially generating alternative fuel from agricultural wastes, we would not like to see such trends.
“I have to set a standard that we cannot have children on the field; children should be children, children’s lives should be precious.
“Children should be going to school. We used to have such trends in the U.S. but decades ago. We have to change that trend as we grow and share knowledge,”
Shaddox is partnering H2A Foods Nigeria Limited on agricultural value chain development.
The World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) started in 2002 and is celebrated on June 12 annually around the world.
The WDACL was spurred by ratification of International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention No. 138 on the minimum age for employment and ILO Convention No. 182 on the worst forms of child labour.