Edo Traditional Council Seeks End To Human Trafficking

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By; RALPH OKHIRIA, Benin City

The Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, Oba of Benin has called on traditional rulers in the state to embark on public enlightenment of their people in order to tackle the problem of human trafficking in the society.

Oba Ewuare II who made the call at the inaugural meeting of the reconstituted Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs held  at the Oba’s Palace, Benin City, told the traditional rulers to educate their people on the dangers inherent in human trafficking.

The Oba of Benin who is permanent Chairman of the Council called on parents to discourage their children from embarking on illegal migration and prevent them from being trafficked.

The Oba of Benin urged youths to channel their energies toward meaningful ventures like agriculture, skills acquisition and trade, rather than embarking on illegal migration and self-embrace slavery.

The Benin Monarch also stressed the need for traditional rulers to join forces with government to tackle insecurity in the land, pointing out that insecurity would scare away investors from Edo State.

His Royal Majesty commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for his efforts at ensuring peace and security, and for attracting investors to the state.

Oba Ewuare II told the council members that the welfare of traditional rulers in the state would be upper most in the scheme of things and urged them to support him to achieve much for the people.

The Omo N’Oba reminded them that the responsibilities bestowed on them were enormous, and sued for peace and one accord among traditional rulers.

In their separate remarks, the Vice Chairmen of the Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Chief, His Royal Highnesses, Aliru Momoh Ikelebe III, Otaru of Auchi and Zaiki Ehidiamen I, Onojie of Opoji, congratulated the Oba of Benin for assuming the position and pledged their unflinching support and loyalty to the Oba.

They expressed confidence in the ability of the Omo N’Oba to steer the leadership of the council and take Edo State to an enviable height.

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