Edo State Government has said has expressed strong concern on the need on the partner with the Federal on programs aimed at assisting the state to handle the increasing numbers of Edo deportee from Libya.
This is as the State government also commended the minister of foreign affairs, Oyema Godfrey, SSA to the President, Abike Dabibri, the European Union and International Organization on Migration, IOM, for their cooperation and support in handling the crisis and urged NAPTIP to tow the same line.
in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Anti Human Trafficking issues, Okoduwa Solomon, said have continue to demonstrate it commitment in ensuring the arrest and prosecution of human traffickers in Edo.
Okoduwa announced that over 70 per cent of the deported Nigerians are from the south south of Nigeria with Edo taking the lead.
He said the appeal became necessary because the State government had been overstretched by the influx of a lot of youths coming to the state due to the ongoing mass deportation of the youths from Libya.
While expressing government’s readiness in ensuring the Libya returnees and other victims of human trafficking of the state’s origin are rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society, Okoduwa appealed to Federal Government and international agencies to come to their aide especially with what would assist the people settle back into normal society.
The governor’s aide while explaining government’s efforts so far towards empowering the youths, said “recently government approved one hundred million Naira (N100,000,000) seed grant and 150 hectares of farmlands for some recently trained returnees in view to engaging them in various skills as they have become more vulnerable.”
The skills, according to governor’s aide include Agricultural skills, welding and fabrication, catering and events management, paint making and many others.
“It’s an ongoing process, that will be benefited by all those who avail themselves for the programme. The dedication of policies and programmes of empowerment, employment and reintegration of returnees as an attempt to cushioning the root causes of illegal migration which has always served as a fertile ground for the illegal business were government’s bold steps.” Okoduwa added.
It would be recalled that the Federal government through the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Oyema Godfrey while receiving first batch of Libya returnees in Port Harcourt commended Edo state government for its prompt response to the welfare of the deported Edo youths and urged other states to borrow a leaf from the state government.
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