By: Patrick Ochoga, Benin City
As Edo State join the rest of the world to mark the International Migration day, youths of the state have been charged to support government efforts, policies and programmes in ending illegal migration.
Governor Godwin Obaseki who spoke at a press conference to mark the 2017 International Migration Day in Benin City, Edo State insisted that the fight against human trafficking can not be won without synergy with the youths.
Represented by his newly appointed Senior Special Assistant, SSA, on Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration Comrade Solomon Okoduwa, commended Obaseki’s commitment and readiness to solving the problem of illegal migration by the approval N100m seed grants and 150 hectares of farm land for training for the first batch of returnees.
“The current openness of the governor for concrete covenants on partnership with international non-governmental organization and Civil Society organizations, religious institutions with all stakeholders in this consolidated fight against illegal migration.
He added that government sincerity in ensuring the arrest and prosecution of human trafficker in Edo State will serve as deterrent to those who sees business in the venture.
“It is imperative for the Edo youths to note that journeying to other hinterland in search of greener pasture has become needless as always countries are currently faced with their own challenges while the transit points have become a place for slavery as well as human parts market.
Edo State Comptroller of Immigration Service, Mr David Adi, represented by Mrs Esohe Ebakata, said advised the youths to obtain valid travelling document before leaving the shore of the Country.