COMMUNITIES IN DELTA STATE SENSITIZED ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND IRREGULAR MIGRATION PREVENTION

Stakeholders on Tuesday, 29th June 2021 converged in Asaba for a two-day sensitisation programme aimed at intensifying the fight against human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.

The programme which is part the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) events was organised by the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), in collaboration with the Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL).

The Team Leader of FIIAPP, Mr Rafael Molina, said that the programme was organised to implement the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) project in Delta State. The programmes include Stakeholders Townhall meeting and Awareness Walk targeted at sensitizing residents of Delta State on dangers of human trafficking and irregular migration.

Molina who was represented by the Senior Project Officer of FIIAPP/A-TIPSOM, Mr. Joseph Sanwo said:” We are in Delta to implement ‘A-TIPSOM’ project, which is sponsored by the European Union (EU).”

We are here to support NACTAL, Delta chapter, which has been on the course of fighting and sensitizing the people on the dangers involved in trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. After educating the stakeholders, they will take it back to their various groups and communities for more sensitization,” he said.

Molina said that the” A-TIPSOM” project was all about supporting the Nigerian government in the fight against human trafficking and reducing it to the barest minimum.

“We are partnering with the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Immigration Service, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons as well as representatives of Civil Society Organisations known as NACTAL,” he said.

On his part, the Chairman of the Delta Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons, Mr Peter Mrakpor, called for good parenting to get a better society.

Mrakpor, the immediate past Attorney General of the state, advised parents to get their priorities right and know that whatever they produce become ambassadors from their families.

He also stressed role of communities in preventing human trafficking and the need for parents to know that their children did not need to travel abroad to be successful in life.

Mrakpor also advised youths to understand that they represent the future of the nation.

 ” There is no country where it is rosy,” he told them.

In her welcome address, the state Coordinator of NACTAL, Mrs Tessy Imahia-Enahoro, said that the fight against human trafficking and smuggling of migrants had been challenging in the state.

According to statistics, Delta is the second state with the highest number of human trafficking.

”It may interest you to know that we have a cartel in this state, and we have reported cases of human trafficking a lot,” she said.

Imahia-Enahoro appealed to relevant stakeholders to join hands in the fight against human trafficking, as the government could not do it alone.

She commended European Union and FIIAPP for their commitment to supporting civil society organizations in tackling human trafficking.

The meeting attracted representatives of various organizations and groups including the Nigeria Police Force, Immigration Service, traders’ associations, religious leaders, and road transport unions etc.

 On the second day (30th June, 2021), the Sensitization Road Walk witnessed the presence of so many stakeholders who walked along various roads within Asaba, Delta state for close to 5hours sharing flyers, educating the populace through the use of Public Address Systems mounted on a mobile truck and led by security personnel including the men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Immigrations Service and the Security & Civil Defense Corps.

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