- Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, during his visit to Italy called for support in reintegrating victims of human trafficking back into the society
- He said his state already has a structure to deal with victims of human trafficking
- Obaseki also disclosed that the Edo state government is ready to receive more returnees from abroad who are victims of trafficking
Godwin Obaseki, Edo state governor has called for support of other countries in other to reintegrate victims of human trafficking from the state.
He urged them to support Edo state to sustain the anti human trafficking structures on ground in the state.
Specifically, he called for support in reintegrating victims of human trafficking into the society.
Obaseki made the call on Wednesday, November 22, in Italy while speaking at the International Conference on Women Empowerment and the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons: Partnership Between Nigeria and Italy, organised by the President of Italian Chamber of Deputies, Ms Laura Boldrini
He said: “We are spending a lot to reintegrate these young people into the society and we anticipate that the expenses would be more in the nearest future.
“We solicit for support from the European Union, the Italian government, as well as other countries affected by this menace to be able to sustain the structures we have set up in the state.
“All parties affected by the menace of human trafficking both the countries of origin and the destination countries stand to benefit from the system we have set up in Edo state to engage these youths, which would give them no reason to contemplate migrating illegally.
“So, we want to strengthen these structures in Edo state to make staying back and working gainfully the preferred choice,” he added.
Going further, Obaseki disclosed that the state government is ready to receive more returnees, having received three batches of over 200 returnees from Libya.
He said the state had enrolled them in capacity development programmes and placed them on a stipend for three months.
“We acknowledge the fact that they are victims, and in many instances, they are entangled in human trafficking due to no fault of theirs. We are extending an open hand to them, and assuring them of support when they return,” the governor pledged.
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