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Ensuring Child Safety at Construction Sites: Advice from Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority
The Importance of Protecting Children at Construction Sites
The General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), Tpl.
Kehinde Osinaike, recently conducted an enforcement exercise in Eti-Osa, Lekki, and surrounding areas.
During the exercise, he took the opportunity to address an important issue concerning the living conditions of construction site workers’ children.
Risks Faced by Children at Construction Sites
Tpl. Osinaike expressed his concern about the practice of some construction site workers living with their children on the sites.
He pointed out the numerous risks that these children face, including the potential for sexual abuse, increased vulnerability to social exclusion, and limited access to essential services such as healthcare and education.
Advocating for Child Welfare
Emphasizing the vulnerability of children, Tpl. Osinaike stressed the need for special protection and assistance for these young ones.
He urged all laborers living close to construction sites to prioritize the well-being of their children and ensure their protection from any form of exploitation that could harm their welfare.
Encouraging Safer Alternatives
In light of the risks involved, Tpl. Osinaike suggested an alternative approach for construction site workers.
He recommended that they entrust the care of their children to family members living in safer environments rather than taking them along to different sites during work assignments.
Upholding Children’s Rights
Adding to the discussion, the Director of the Monitoring and Compliance Unit, Tpl. Iyiola Olarinde, highlighted the fundamental rights of every child.
He emphasized the importance of providing children with a better standard of living that supports their overall physical, mental, spiritual, moral, and social development.
The advice from the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority comes as a timely reminder of the need to prioritize the safety and well-being of children in all aspects of life, including at construction sites.
As workers move from one site to another, it is crucial to consider the risks associated with exposing children to hazardous environments.
By ensuring that children are cared for in more secure settings, construction site workers can contribute to creating a safer and healthier environment for the younger generation.
This call for action reflects the authorities’ commitment to upholding the rights of children and providing them with the opportunity to thrive and grow in protective, nurturing surroundings.