By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY—THE Initiative for Youths Awareness on Migration, Development and Re-Integration, IYMIDR, a non-governmental organisation, yesterday, said 1,145 Edo State indigenes were deported to the country between December 2016 and July 2017.
President of IYMIDR, Mr Solomon Okoduwa, disclosed this at the screening programme for returnees organised by the NGO in collaboration with the Edo State Government.
Okoduwa, who commended Governor Godwin Obaseki over his resolve to fight human trafficking in the state, said the returees, who are undergoing screening, will be trained in agriculture after which they will be empowered through the state government agricultural programme to set up their own farms.
According to him, “we are delighted with the recent approval by the state government to pay whistleblowers who expose the activities of sponsors of human trafficking in the state.
“This shows that the governor is determined to put an end to this menace of human trafficking. Similarly, he has also expressed his desire to deal with the root cause of this menace by addressing the issue of poverty head on.”
“That is why the training programme for the returnees which will be done in batches, will see 150 of them trained in the areas of poultry, piggery, fishery and general crops in the first batch. From our records, we already have 1, 145 documented returnees from December 2016 to January 2017, the truth is that we cannot have all of them trained at the same time because more will also joined us, but will do our best to get them settled.”