Groups Seek End To Irregular Migration, Human Trafficking

The International Organisation for Migration, the National Agency for Prohibition and Trafficking in Persons, and the Women’s Board have agreed to support efforts at combating irregular migration and human trafficking in Nigeria.

A statement on Friday in Lagos said the calls were made on Wednesday at a one-day seminar tagged, ‘Promoting Safe Migration,’ organised by the training unit of the Women’s Board Educational Cooperative Society.
The IOM Nigeria officer, Ms Ruth Mbugua, cautioned against irregular migration saying, “It’s both dangerous and deadly.”
Mbugua, who called for more partnership to put an end to the menace, advised potential migrants to partner relevant agencies to ensure safe migration.
“Many people, including women and children, are on the Mediterranean route to other countries, risking their lives in search of greener pastures and opportunities without being aware of dangers on the way.”
Also speaking, a representative of Bakhita Empowerment Network, Rev Sister Gertrude Elelegu, said, “Irregular migration and human trafficking have reached crisis proportions in many fragile states and the need to clamp down on the menace is germane to prevent impeding dangers because human trafficking is a violation of human right.”
Also, the Zonal Commander, NAPTIP, Lagos, Mr Aganran Alao, called on Nigerians to discourage irregular migration and trafficking of women and girls to promote a sustainable development.
Alao who was represented by the Head, Research and Program Development Unit, Lagos, Mrs Rachel Uzor, said, “The problem of human trafficking and irregular migration has become a great national concern, especially with a large number of Nigerians trapped in sexual and labour exploitations in various African and European countries.”
Earlier, the Director, WB, Mrs Edna Dafe said the programme was aimed at preventing irregular migrations to promote socioeconomic development of women and unaccompanied minors.

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