At a time when Cameroon has joint the international community to commemorate the International Day against Child Labour and the day of the African Child government is putting in place measures to check child exploitation.
The Minister of Labour and Social security says, a series of commercial and agricultural activities put in place by Cameroon government and her international partners has resulted in the withdrawal of some five thousand children from plantations in Cameroon.
The Minister indicated that the minimum working aged authorised in Cameroon is 14 years. Cameroon adopted a law authorizing the President of the Republic to ratify International Labour Organisation, ILO Convention No. 138 on the Minimum Age for Admission to Employment on 14th April 1998. In line with the legislation, 14 years was considers the minimum age for admission to employment or work.
According to Minister Gregiore Owona, the age is a function of the level of development and the economic requirements of the country. He however, noted emphatically that parents and the society as the hold have the responsibility to ensure that the children are not exploited or allowed to carry out certain activities that are detrimental to their welfare.
To achieve this objective, government has put in place control mechanisms especially in industries, plantations and other commercial zones where children a susceptible to be engaged in work.
He added that government’s priority is to ensure that children are educated that is why the President of the Republic ordered free primary education to all Cameroonian children. He also urged parents to provide counselling and education to their children.