Edo Seeks Buhari’s Assistance On Human Trafficking

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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on Friday visited President Muhammadu Buhari and asked him to help his state tackle human trafficking and “irregular” migration.

Obaseki, in an interview with State House correspondents after meeting with Buhari, said Edo had accepted human trafficking and irregular migration as a problem

He said though the state had rolled out its strategies, it sought to work with the Federal Government and other agencies 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 solicit for more federal support for our actions.”

He said the first set of returnees brought by the International Organization for Migration were given stipend; while the last set was agitated because nothing was given to them.

“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,” he said.

Obaseki, who said he had not seen Buhari officially since he became governor, explained that he was at the Presidential Villa to pay him a proper visit and “to pledge our support particularly since he got back home from his medical leave and the family accident, so I used the opportunity to facilitate with him and to wish him well.”

 

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