All is now set for the execution of Accelerated Action on the Elimination of Child Labour in Supply Chains (ACCECL) Africa projects in 7 Ondo Communities as 2 Non Governmental Organization (NGO) – Restoration Of The Dignity Of Womanhood ( ROTDOW) and Kids & Teens Resource Centre (K&TRC) selected to execute the project on Wednesday 22nd September, 2021 went on an advocacy and familiarization visit to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
The CEO, ROTDOW, Mrs. Olabisi Omolona who said the visit became necessary to solicit for support and cooperation on ACCEL project from the ministry observed that the NGOs have reached out to all stakeholders in the respective communities- the Community Child Labour Monitoring Committee and that office spaces have been secured for all M& E officers who were engaged from the communities for the project.
According to Mrs. Omolona, her NGO will be working with Oke Agunla, Aponmu, Ipoba II and a total of 108 children will benefit in Aponmu, 42 from Oke Agunla and 33 from Ipoba while 100 adults/ youths will benefit from skill acquisition.
While noting that the project is a call to do more and to bring to limelight the hidden virtues, potentials in identified children, Mrs. Omolona appreciated ILO for the opportunity given to the NGOs to achieve part of their vision by partnering them.
“ROTDOW as an organization have been executing similar project since 2012. We have an annual program called FREE BOOK FARE where we award scholarship to vulnerable children, distribute textbooks, stationary to selected vulnerable children in Akure South Local Government”, she added.
Also speaking on the project, the Executive Director, K&TRC, Mrs.Folashade Bamigboye said the projects will primarily be executed in cocoa farms to eliminate child labour in its supply chain saying children of school age will be sent back to schools and those above school age will be empowered with skills.
Describing the initiative as all inclusive, Mrs. Bamigboye said the arrangement will also ensure that parents are empowered to sustain the imitative while being trained on new methodology of farming for improved yield.
Earlier in his remarks, the State Comptroller, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. Folayan Olusola Michael who also doubles as the State Steering Committee Chair for ACCEL Africa in Ondo State identified the communities that will benefit from the projects to include Bamikemo and Wasimi in Ile Oluji/Oke-Igbo, Fagbo I and II in Ondo East, Ipoba in Idanre, Aponmu in Akure South and Oke Agunla in Akure North saying the federal agency will follow through with the process towards ensuring that child labour in supply chain is eliminated.