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Recipe Friday: How To Make White Coconut Rice


Everyone would agree that Friday is the best day of the week or maybe it’s just the best day for the lazy ones like me. In honor of the best day of the week, we would be giving out another recipe for you to try out. We hope you enjoyed the last recipe that we gave out, we would be teaching you how to make Coconut Rice.

Rice is definitely without doubt the most popular food in Nigeria and the favorite of a lot of kids and so if you are looking for another way to cook rice, Coconut Rice is the way to go.

Ingredients


  • 1 cup rice (feel free to substitute brown rice or basmati rice if needed)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Atarodo
  • 1small green pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
  •  salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Recipe

  • Parboil the rice, this is especially good for very starchy rice so the rice doesn’t come out soggy and sticky.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a cooking pot.
  • Add the onions and stir with black pepper
  • Add diced tomatoes, atarodo, and coconut milk with the salt and cover to cook for about 7 minutes (or when the mixture comes to a boil).
  • Add the rice and stir and cover when the rice is almost dry).
  • Add the green peppers and let simmer until the rice has absorbed all the juices.

Note: You can make your own coconut milk, buy coconut, dice  the carrot place in a blender. Boil water, make sure it is not too hot then add it to the coconut in the blender and blend at an high speed. After blending to your satisfaction, sieve the shaft away and there you have coconut milk. The thickness and richness of the milk depends on how much water you add to it.

Pretty simple right? That’s the beauty of coconut rice, if you want you can add any ingredient to it if you like, some people like adding shrimps, sausages, dried fish and shrimps. If you also want a little bit of colour in your food you can add carrot to it.

This recipe was gotten from Food.com

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What Can We Do To End Child Labor in Nigeria?


UNICEF defines Child labor is work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children and deprives them of opportunities for schooling and development. According to the International Labour Organization, the number of working children under the age of 14 in Nigeria is estimated at 15 million. These jobs include being street vendors, beggars, car washers or watchers and shoe shiners. Others work as apprentice mechanics, hairdressers and bus conductors while a large number work as domestic servants and farm hands.

Major causes of child labor are widespread poverty, rapid urbanization, breakdown in extended family affiliations, secondary school drop out rates, and lack of enforcement of legal instruments meant to protect children.

Although the main cause of child labor is Poverty, illiteracy also plays a role in Child labor. There are a lot of mothers on Lagos road that are seen begging with their children that are supposed to be in school. In the northern part there are a lot of cases of underage children being given up for marriage.


While some find themselves working because they become the breadwinner in their family either due to the death of their parents or illnesses beyond their control.  In Nigeria the people that are most affected by child labor are girls.

Just last month  16 children were rescued in the state from the various places where they were being used as laborers instead of their being in school in Ekiti State. Recently a 16-year old orphan nearly lost her life following a heavy bleeding consequent upon an incomplete abortion sponsored by her benefactor  where she was working as his house maid.

Just last month also a pregnant mother of two reportedly beat her eight year old house help until the girl died. You would wonder what can an eight year old child that probably can’t even take care of herself do in terms of housework? There are so many more stories that we have not even heard of.

The devastating part to child labor is the fact that it has long lasting effects on the children. Most of this children because they did not get to have adequate education end up as illiterates and drop outs doing odd jobs with no stable income. While most of the girls end up as prostitutes or teenage mothers due to the exposure that they experience everyday, the boys end up as street urchins terrorizing and causing havoc all over the place.

The effect of child labor does not only affect the child, it affects the society in general.  It is already hard enough in the country for people who had access to education not to talk of those without adequate education.

It would shock you to know that in Nigeria there are already laws laid down to protect children called the Child Rights Act that states that:

Buying, selling, hiring or otherwise dealing in children for purpose of begging, hawking, prostitution or for unlawful immoral purposes are made punishable by long terms of imprisonment. Other offences considered grave include sexual abuse, general exploitation which is prejudicial to the welfare of the child, recruitment into the armed forces and the importation /exposure of children to harmful publications. It further preserves the continued application of all criminal law provisions securing the protection of the child whether born or unborn.

The Act mandates parents, guardians, institutions and authorities in whose care children are placed, to provide the necessary guidance, education and training to enable the children live up to these responsibilities.

The Child Right Act (CRA) considers a child as a person below the age of 18 years (SECTION 21 of the CRA). It also states that a child’s best interest should be of utmost priority in any case involving a child (section 1 of the CRA 2003).

Even with the law already laid down it is a wonder that child labor is still very rampant in Nigeria infact you can’t step out of your house in the morning without seeing a child begging or hawking on the road while their counterparts are in school. The question we then have to ask ourselves as a community is what can we do to help and how can we stop child labor in Nigeria?

The first step to putting an end to Child Labor is for us to realize that it is not just up to one person, we are all responsible for putting an end to it. Although we have laws prohibiting child labor in Nigeria, child labor is still on the increase because there is no enforcement and defaulters are not made to face the wrath of the law.

 

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