ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA.
As the nation join other countries to mark this year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, both within and outside the country , the ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to do everything within his powers to reduce the incidence of mass poverty and insecurity to discourage people from seeking greener pastures outside their domain .
In a statement made available to Journalists in Lokoja, today to mark this year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the Country Director, Ene Obi attributed poverty , limited access to education and lack of socio economic opportunities as the major causes for some people to emigrate from their homes.
According to the Country Director, her Organisation is committed to fighting poverty, enhance their rights and empowering vulnerable groups using multi sectoral approach, while adding that unless concerted effort is deployed to tackling poverty, insecurity and other forms of deprivation, trafficking of persons would continue to thrive.
” As a nation, our efforts to tackle human trafficking must focus on addressing the root causes of poverty in our society, working to ensure that every Nigerian, especially women and girls have an opportunity to live a life of dignity and make social progress
‘‘Citizens and governments at all level must wake up to challenge this monster. The human trafficking industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry worldwide and it will take collective, consistent and decisive efforts to overcome the challenge of human trafficking.
” Some of those involved in trafficking of persons especially women and girls for prostitution and cheap labour are well placed and connected in the society but there must be no sacred cows in this fight. Human trafficking is a crime, and the law enforcement agencies must wake up and bring justice for the oppressed” She appealed.
Ene disclosed that ActionAid Nigeria in her efforts to tackle the root causes of human trafficking and forced migration, has empowered 25, 844 women and young people within the last three years through training and mentoring.
She added that the Action Aid Nigeria has made provisions for the start-up grants and equipment for the launch of productive activities for the vulnerable women and youths adding that it has continued to contributing to improving their socio-economic conditions.
While stressing the need to reduce the motivations for the migration, said her Contribution if scaled up by government at all levels and other Non Governmental Organizations will reduce their vulnerability to human trafficking and other forms of modern-day slavery.