Obaseki Seeks Buhari’s Support On Human Trafficking, Irregular Migration

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President Muhammadu Buhari

By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday met with Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting , the governor said he came to seek the president’s support on the twin problems of human trafficking and irregular migration which have been bedevilling the state .

He said the state government has rolled out strategies to tackle the problems noting that it is unacceptable the ugly trend is gaining momentum among the youths in Edo state.

He said “I discussed two critical issues that bother us in Edo. One, is the issue of human trafficking and irregular migration. As you know is a problem with Edo which we have accepted and we have rolled out our strategies to deal with them.

” We want to work with the federal government and other agencies of government to end this scourge of human trafficking and modern slavery. It is against the ethos of humanity for us to accept what is going on with our young people today.

So, I came to see the president to explain what we are doing in Edo State and to solicits for more federal support for our actions.

On some returnees expressing dissatisfaction with the stipend given them, he said”That is part of the challenge. The issues are very complex. The first set that were brought back by International Organization for Migration (IOM) were given stipend but the last wave of retunees that were repatriated nothing was given to them and they were a bit agitated.

“What we have done in Edo is that to help retunees settle and reintegrated back to their families, we give them stipend for three months. So what we have done this time around is to bring them to Benin city and then given them first stipend to go back home and then be able to attend the skills acquisition centers which we have set up to train them.

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