Agency laments frequent migration from Ejigbo community, speaks against trafficking

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[Osun]–The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has lamented incessant migration of Ejigbo community to and from some countries in West African coasts.

The agency which had earlier conducted a research on the community which is located in Osun State is said to have challenges responsible for trafficking and migration which are due to inadequate service provision by Government due to the itinerant nature of the population of the population, insecurity of lives and property, vulnerability of children to trafficking and the inability of community to effectively feed its population.

The Director General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli in her address delivered during her visit to the Osogbo command of the Agency on Tuesday.

She said ” During the fomal presentation of the report of a research by our agency and  UNICEF conducted titled “The Impact of Constant Migration on Ejigbo, Osun State and its implications for Effort to Combat Child Trafficking.

“Ejigbo was carefully chosen because, though located in the hinterlands, the community had all the features of a border community because of the culture of frequent migration of indigenes of Ejigbo to and from some countries in west Africa.

“The research was able to establish the adverse consequences of the phenomenon of frequent migration both legal and illegal on Ejigbo community.

“In a few days from now, the office will be properly staffed, while other logistics would be put in place. We are hoping that when everything must have been out in place, the Executive Governor of Osun State will be able to commission this facility”

“We have a renewed commitment to ensure that the trafficking in Persons Prohibition Enforcement and Administration Act 2015, is implemented to the letter. Under my administration, there will be no sacred cows, no matter how highly placed.

“Human trafficking which is modern day slavery must be cut off from Nigeria and we can only succeed in this when every members of the community watches the back of other,” she added.

New strategies have been designed by the agency to ensure that everyone comes on board to fight against the scourge. Part of that strategy is the collaboration with the Nigerian Education Research and Development Council(NERDC) to infuse trafficking in persons issues into the circular of Primary and secondary schools in Nigeria, she also revealed.

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