Edo plans laws against human trafficking, embarks on sensitisation campaign

Posted by News Express | 30 October 2017 | 1,731 times

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 The Edo State Government has disclosed plans to enact laws against human trafficking, as part of the ongoing measures to tackle illegal migration and drastically reduce the trade in human beings.

The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe disclosed this at the flag-off of a state-wide sensitisation workshop on human trafficking and illegal migration held at Idogbo, headquarters of Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area.

Prof. Omorogbe, who is also Chairperson of the state Task Force on Human Trafficking, said: “The state government is working on a law to ensure perpetrators who aid human trafficking and illegal migration are sentenced to jail without the option of fine. All hands must be on deck to support this drive in curtailing the menace, which has damaged the reputation of the state.”

The Task Force is a collaboration of the state government and international agencies such as the European Union. It is aimed at re-branding the state as an investment destination with human resources potential.

Prof. Omorogbe said instead of the youths to take to illegal migration, they should rather take advantage of the state government’s initiative on job creation, as the state was already setting up technical centres for skills acquisition. 

The Enogie of Ukhiri, a community in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, Barrister Godwin Aigbe commended the state government’s efforts in organising the sensitisation workshop to enlighten youths on the dangers of human trafficking and illegal migration.

Aigbe said: “Youths should take advantage of the government’s job initiative by registering on the state job portal, which will avail them better opportunities than embarking on treacherous illegal journey to Europe.”

•Photo shows Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, speaking at Idogbo, headquarters of Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, during the flag-off of a state-wide sensitisation  workshop on human trafficking and illegal migration, at the weekend. Behind her are members of the Edo State Task Force on Human Trafficking and other stakeholders.


Source: News Express

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