By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun has disclosed that the state government is ready to curb the increase in human trafficking and the attendant unholy acts of slavery and prostitution in and across the state.
Mr Arulogun who made this known said in doing this, the state government will not hesitate to bring to book any culprit found culpable human trafficking in the state.
Speaking at a meeting between the State Government officials and Stakeholders in the Travels and Tours industry at the State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism in Ibadan, the Commissioner said the state government condemned the spate of trafficking especially women and girl child.
“Oyo State Government has been inundated with series of complains from the citizens on how citizens of the state for prey to the antics of these human traffickers who promise greener pasture but turn their victims to slaves in the foreign land.” he said.
The Commissioner then called on parents, guardians, residents across the state and its citizens to prioritize their values and desist from employing the services of visa fraudsters and traffickers in order to seek greener pastures.
Condemning the increase in human trafficking and the attendant unholy acts of slavery and prostitution,the Commissioner assured that the government will not negate its responsibility of protecting the citizens of the state.
“These traffickers dangle juicy carrots of greener pastures at their would be victims but the victims end up coming back with harrowing experiences. We owe it to the people to protect them from unpleasant experiences and this is why we are calling on all stakeholders to see to the end of this unholy act. We urge the media to verify the success stories of these so called travel tours before airing their commercials to save a lot of innocent souls,”.
While lauding the governing body of National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to collaborate with the State Government in apprehending travel agencies and individuals who engage in human trafficking, Mr Arulogun stressed that Oyo State Government is committed to protecting the lives of its citizenry.
Speaking, the Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on Community Relations, Mr. Abidemi Siyanbade noted that with the collaboration of NANTA and security agencies in the State, the State Government will soon curb the activities of fake travel agencies, who sell women and girls into slavery outside the country.
National Vice President, NANTA, Mr. Dagunduro Olatokunbo in his remark, called for urgent action in sensitizing the populace about the dangers involved.