Edo unveils plans to stop human trafficking
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said the state government will boost the economic potential of youths in the state to stop human trafficking.
Obaseki said this during the presentation of certificates and tools to 100 Libya returnees given empowerment training by the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation in Benin on Thursday.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Emmanuel Usoh, said the programme was designed to address unemployment, underemployment and employability skills gap to check irregular migration and human trafficking.
He said, “What is being achieved today is a perfect proof of the possibilities that can be achieved through determination and the right decision making, no matter the time or the circumstances we find ourselves.
“I want to especially salute these graduands because in them you would find proofs of their personal efforts, the relief which corporate social responsibility brings.
“Having identified economic reasons as the main causative factor of irregular migration and human trafficking, the state government has therefore decided to boost the economic potential of our youths and indeed, the Libya returnees through capacity enhancement programmes.”
He advised the graduands not to sell the tools given to them for any reason.
The Executive Director of BATN, Abimbola Okoya, said the foundation trained the returnees in fabrication, welding, fashion designing and others.
Okoya said, “The Libya slavery news re-echoes the prevailing issue of unemployment in the country and on the continent; that has forced so many young people to believe that they have better opportunities to excel anywhere, but Nigeria. This is not true.
“In 2018, the company began a national campaign called Wealth Is Here to encourage the youths to believe in Nigeria and leverage the country’s resources to create wealth.”
The chairman of the Edo State Taskforce Against Human Trafficking Committee, Prof Yinka Omorogbe, said there was a total of 4,202 Libya returnees in the state’s database.