By Victor C. Hanson, Jr.
The Ministry of Labour in collaboration with Winrock ARCH Project (WAP) has conducted a Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop for some labour commissioners and inspectors to assist in the process of eliminating child’s labour in the country.
Speaking at the opening of the TOT Workshop recently in Monrovia, the Deputy Minister for Manpower and Planning at the Ministry of Labour, J. Levi Demmah said, if nothing is done to eradicate child’s labour quickly there will be huge gap in transforming the young people in years to come.
Min. Demaah added that there must be foot soldiers in every county to help speed up the process and to also make it transparent so that child’s labour can be put to a quick end to give the young people a livelihood.
He urged all participating commissioners and inspectors to take the training seriously and implement what they (participants) will be taught in the TOT workshop to help take the country from convention 182 to a lower figure.
For his part the Winrock ARCH Project Director, James Yekeh, said that WAP is working assiduously in collaboration with the government to eliminate child’s labour. “We have a platform to work with the Government of Liberia (GOL) for the next three years,” Mr. Yekeh said.
Mr. Yekeh stated further that Winrock ARCH will work in line with the government’s mandate; one of their mandates is to build a capacity that will assist in the eradication of child’s labour even when their project has come to an end where there will still be a program for that.
He said there are gaps in the labour system and it is because of the lack of capacity building that a labour officer must have the tools to carry out their duty.
“We (Winrock) are focusing in the agricultural sector; it is the first time to have such TOT workshop in the country on child’s labour and hope the workshop would yield fruition,” he asserted.