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MOL, ILO Trainees Call For Commission On Child Labor
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, April 8 (LINA) - Participants at a four-day Ministry of Labour (MOL) and International Labour Organization (ILO) training workshop for Labour Inspectors and enforcement agencies have called for an independent commission on child labour.
They said such commission will effectively play the roles ascribed to the Child Labor Department of the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to make anti-child labor measures most doable.
The participants are also calling for increased presence of Labour Inspectors across the country.
They were speaking at the just-ended four-day training workshop for Labor Inspectors and enforcement agencies.
The participants said it would be best to aid them to replicate the knowledge acquired during the training.
Addressing the closing ceremonies Friday, Assistant Labor Minister for Regional Labor Affairs, Prince M. Korbah, said unless the lessons learned are shared, the workshop would be of no essence.
The workshop was intended to assist Liberian labour inspectors tackle child labour by strengthening their skills to monitor child labour in the formal and informal sectors.
Korbah described MOL’s relationship with the ILO as one that has no equal, a relationship to which he pledged the ministry’s total commitment.
Also speaking, ILO Liberia Project Director and Focal Person, Salif Massalay, promised to continue his advocacy for support to Liberia’s labour sector, adding, “Once I am on ground, I will continue to advocate for Liberia.”
Among other topics, participants were taught the state-of-the-art of Labor inspection and child labor in Liberia, key ILO standards on labor inspection and child labor, wider alliances, and working with key stakeholders.
They also learned identification and consultation, child labor monitoring process pertaining to occupational safety and health, tools for inspectors and how to conduct training programs, among others.
The workshop, which was funded by the ILO, brought together Labor Inspectors, Labor Commissioners and other children issues enforcement agencies.