Â By Ben Agande
AN American-trained expert on family and childÂ protection, Mrs Omolara Fashawe-Amudipe, wantsÂ the National Agency for the Protection of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, to carry its campaign onÂ the dangers of child traffickingÂ and early marriages to the rural areas in order to reduce the prevailing rate of child trafficking in the country.
Â In an interview with Sunday Vanguard in Abuja, she said what is obtainable now in the country especially the low level of awareness on the dangers of child trafficking cannot insulate people in the rural area from the dangers inherent in child trafficking.
â€œBecause of the high level of poverty and the erroneous belief by our people that any place outside this country is flowing with milk and honey, young people especially those in the rural areas are easily susceptible to being caught by the tricks of the traffickers. What the agency should do is to carry out a sustained campaign in the rural areas about the dangers of giving out children to unknown persons, no matter the promise they makeâ€, she said.
According to her, government has a lot of responsibilities to the people especially at the family level in order to ensure that children are not exposed to abuse by â€˜even their parents.
â€œUnlike in the west where the governments take the issue of child abuse even by their families very seriously, we have not attained that level here and it is very worrisome. Our lawmakers, both at the national assembly and the state houses of Assembly must rise up to the occasion and make laws that would protect the most vulnerable members of the Nigerian state which are women and children.