Southern Kaduna Voices

Why Children Scavenge In Nigeria

Nigeria is a country rich in natural resources and human capital, but despite this, it continues to face many challenges that affect its citizens, particularly children. Insecurity, bad leadership, poor education, and a bad economy are all issues that contribute to the problem of child scavenging in Nigeria.

Insecurity, in the form of political instability, ethnic and religious conflict, and crime, is a major factor in the problem of child scavenging in Nigeria. Many children are forced to live on the streets due to the unstable environment in their homes and communities. These children are at risk of falling prey to traffickers and criminal gangs who exploit them for their labor or use them for illegal activities.

Bad leadership is also a major contributing factor to child scavenging in Nigeria. Corruption and poor governance have resulted in inadequate funding for social services such as education and healthcare, leaving many children in poverty and without access to basic necessities. This has made it difficult for children to obtain an education and obtain the skills they need to break the cycle of poverty.

Poor education is another major issue that affects Nigerian children. Many children are unable to access education due to a lack of schools, teachers, or educational materials. This leaves them with few options for the future and makes them more susceptible to exploitation.

Finally, the bad economy is also a significant issue that contributes to child scavenging in Nigeria. The high unemployment rate and lack of economic opportunities make it difficult for families to provide for their children, and many are forced to send their children out to work in order to survive. These children are often forced to scavenge for food or engage in other dangerous forms of labor.

Overall, the problem of child scavenging in Nigeria is complex and multifaceted, and it requires a comprehensive approach to address it. This includes not only addressing the individual issues of insecurity, bad leadership, poor education, and bad economy but also working to create a more stable and prosperous society that can provide opportunities for all of its citizens, especially its children.

It is important for all of the stakeholders, government, civil society organizations, the private sector, and international organizations to work together to mitigate and solve this problem for the betterment of Nigerian children and the nation at large. Furthermore, emphasis should be laid on providing education and vocational training for these children as a way of giving them a sense of direction and hope for a better future.

~K. Adamu