The Traditional Medicine Practitioners of Nigeria, have described Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration as “Evil Trade” that demand collaboration of all stakeholders to put an end to.
The President of the group, Prof Omon Ohiabhele, stated this while speaking at a stakeholders meeting on Saturday in Benin.
The stakeholders meeting has as its theme: “Traditional Medicine and Its Practice For Wealth Creation, Strategies Against Human Trafficking: The Role of the Traditional Medicine Practitioners.”
While describing human trafficking as a modern day slavery, he said the fight against the menace, in addition to Illegal Migration, must not be left to the Government alone.
While regretting that Edo have been said to be major hub for the illicit activities, he said the traditional Medicine practitioners would partner Edo Government in the fight against the scourge.
According to him, “We are determined to assist in the fight against human trafficking by identifying victims and traffickers. Crimes such as this, flourish when major stakeholders fold their arms and do nothing.
“Our aim is to provide practical guidance on how practitioners in the sector can take proactive measures against Modern-day slavery of Nigerian youths.”
The group commended the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, for his roles, so far, to combat the menace.
While addressing the Practitioners, the Senior Special Assistant to Gov Godwin Obaseki on Anti Human Trafficking Issues, Mr Solomon Okoduwa, lauded them for their intent to join hands with government to fight the scourge of human trafficking.
Okoduwa said that the desire of the Governor is to see that Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration, is totally eradicated from the State.
“The Governor is working tirelessly to bring investors to Edo to create job opportunities, reduce youth restiveness and boost our economy,” he assured.
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