ADVERTISEMENT

Over 600,000 Nigerians are being forced to work against their will

The report revealed that 451,300 males and 166,203 females were in forced labour, while 270,545 were in urban areas and 346,958 were in rural areas.

600,000 Nigerians are being forced to work against their will [The Guardian Nigeria]

The NBS disclosed this in its Nigeria Forced Labour Survey Report 2022 released in Abuja on Thursday. The bureau said forced labour as described in the International Labour Organisation(ILO) Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29), referred to:

“All work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.”

The report said 5.2 out of every 1,000 individuals were in forced labour in their current job in 2022. It said 36.2% of individuals in forced labour in their current jobs were found in the agricultural sector.

ADVERTISEMENT

“While 36.9% of individuals in forced labour in their current job are found in the service sector, other than domestic work.”

The report revealed that 451,300 males and 166,203 females were in forced labour, while 270,545 were in urban areas and 346,958 were in rural areas.

“In terms of age group, 191,418 people were in forced labour in the 18 to 29 years old age group, and 317,052 people in the 30 to 49 years old age group.

“ In the 50 years old age group, 99,391 people were in forced labour,” the report said.

The NBS said overall, the prevalence of forced labour was similar across education levels for all groups except for individuals with a primary education level.

ADVERTISEMENT

“This result shows that even highly educated individuals could be at risk of falling into situations of forced labour.

“The prevalence of forced labour is highest among individuals with primary education, for which 7.2 of every thousand individuals are in a situation of forced labour.

“This may be partially explained by the fact that individuals with only a primary education are not as well protected by their skills as the medium and highly educated individuals.”

The report revealed that married adults were slightly more likely to be in forced labour than unmarried individuals.

“With forced labour prevalence at 5.8 per every thousand individuals among married adults as compared to 4.1 per every thousand individuals among unmarried adults.”

ADVERTISEMENT

It said out of individuals in forced labour in their current job, the most common form of coercion was withholding of payment of wages or benefits which was experienced by 35.2% of individuals.

The report said among individuals in forced labour in their current job, the most common circumstance of involuntariness experienced was being made to work with no freedom or limited freedom to terminate their work contract at 29.7%.

“This was followed by being made to stay at their job longer than agreed to without consent, which was experienced by 26.8% of individuals in forced labour in their current job."

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

TAJBank receives IFN award for best Islamic bank in Nigeria 2023

TAJBank receives IFN award for best Islamic bank in Nigeria 2023

Nigerians should expect 3 days of thunderstorms and sunshine nationwide

Nigerians should expect 3 days of thunderstorms and sunshine nationwide

2027 presidency: Atiku declares never to retire from politics

2027 presidency: Atiku declares never to retire from politics

Kaduna Police kill 2 bandits, recover AK-47 rifles in Kuriga village

Kaduna Police kill 2 bandits, recover AK-47 rifles in Kuriga village

Ododo vows to bring Ogbe killers to justice, make Kogi safest state in Nigeria

Ododo vows to bring Ogbe killers to justice, make Kogi safest state in Nigeria

Who is Ebrahim Raisi? 10 facts you need to know about late Iranian leader

Who is Ebrahim Raisi? 10 facts you need to know about late Iranian leader

Iranian TV confirms President Ebrahim Raisi's death in tragic helicopter crash

Iranian TV confirms President Ebrahim Raisi's death in tragic helicopter crash

Police officers seized Segun's motorcycle — then sent him to prison for 6 years

Police officers seized Segun's motorcycle — then sent him to prison for 6 years

Governor Alia vows to build flyover in Otukpo as he celebrates 58th birthday

Governor Alia vows to build flyover in Otukpo as he celebrates 58th birthday

Pulse Sports

'I want to be beautiful' - Sha’Carri Richardson on why she keeps long nails

Osimhen: PSG set for life after Mbappe with 200 BILLION NAIRA move for Super Eagles star

Osimhen: PSG set for life after Mbappe with 200 BILLION NAIRA move for Super Eagles star

Osimhen’s Champions League dream dies as Juventus and Bologna seal European qualification ahead of Napoli

Osimhen’s Champions League dream dies as Juventus and Bologna seal European qualification ahead of Napoli

Arteta’s Arsenal surpass Wenger's ‘Invincibles’ to break 20-year old Gunners’ record

Arteta’s Arsenal surpass Wenger's ‘Invincibles’ to break 20-year old Gunners’ record

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT