As part of effort to put total eradication to human trafficking in Nigeria, Women’s Consortium of Nigeria – a Non-Governmental Organisation committed to promote and enforce women and children’s right and attainment of equality, development and peace in partnership with European Union, Federal Government of Nigeria and International Organisation for Migration is embarking on a project for the prevention of Irregular migration and human trafficking in land borders town areas of Ogun and Lagos States under the project “Promoting Better Management of Migration in Nigeria.
Speaking during the program, the Executive Direction of WOCON, Chief (Mrs.) Bisi Olateru Olagbegi said the essence of the program is to raise awareness and sensitize the populace particularly in the target communities in borders towns of Seme and Owode Apa in Lagos state and idiroko and Ajegunle in Ogun State which are gateways to other nations, thereby serving as the transit and receiving state.
Olagbegi said further that the project will prevent irregular migration and trafficking in Person among young people in secondary schools and tertiary institutions, vulnerable women and children, and will train a total number of 240 young people in the targeted communities and provide information on safe Migration and modalities for identifying potential risks of irregular migration and trafficking.
She said that Nigeria experience migration issues both internal and external due to her population, poverty unfavourable economic climate, porous border and a host of other factors.
“Human trafficking from Nigeria has increased and Nigeria has been adjudged as one of the eight largest sources for the tracking of women and children especially to Europe for prostitution and domestic slavery”
“The reason why irregular migration and human trafficking have adversely affected the development of Nigeria is because the bulk of irregular migration in Nigeria occurs among youths occurs among youth aged between 18 – 35 years which is the most productive age of human life”
The program that was held at Oglobo Kweme Town Hall, Ashipa, Seme Lagos will bring relevant stakeholders that include Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Immigration Services, Traditional and Religious Leaders, Youth Leaders, Market Women, University and Senior Secondary Students, representatives of the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Community Development, Associations, the Media and NGOs, and the will feature migration management strategies, promoting safer corridors for youth, women and strategies, promoting safer corridor for youths, women migration and strategies for combating.
Olateru-Olagbegi, called on all Nigerians to join hands together to fight the prevention of irregular migration and traffcciking of youths and vibrant contributors to the development of the country.
Also speaking at the program, The South-West Zonal Commander of National Agency For The Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP, Mr Joseph Famakin appreciated WOCON for embarking on the project to tackle human trafficking in the country and reinstated the commitment of NAPTIP to support WOCON to ensure that trafficking becomes thing of the past in the country.
Famaki said that “NAPTIP” is fully committed to the prevention of all forms of human degradation and exploitation through the coordinated use of the Nation’s crime prevention and law enforcement resources; to stamp out human trafficking and to liberate and uplift the vulnerable, especially women and children, from dehumanising and exploitative employment and usage; and to ensure their rehabilitation and effective reintegration into society.
He said that human trafficking is a devastating crime which debases the very essence of humanity and is targeted at the most vulnerable in the society, particularly women and children.
“Human trafficking does not only reduce the worth, dignity and integrity of the human person but also has a spread-out effect that touches every aspect of the society including the ripple effect of related trans-border crimes, insecurity of lives and property.
Famakin thanked WOCOM for taking the bull by the horn to end human trafficking in the country, and called on all Nigerians to wage war against the nefarious act.
“The fight against human trafficking and assisting victims to rebuild their lives should be the responsibility of us all. Efforts must be intensified by all and sundry to rid our society of this menace.”
“We cannot afford to lose any opportunity to ensure that perpetrators of this crime are dealt with and we call on all Governments to ensure that there is no enabling environment for human trafficking to thrive in their countries. We must all join hands and work together to end this assault on humanity and assist victims on their journeys from victim to survivor.
We would like to use this opportunity to appreciate the efforts of the United Nations and all other stakeholders, international or national, including non-state actors, who have worked to bring the issue of human trafficking to the attention of Governments and individuals.