August 3, 2017

Edo to train 150 human trafficking victims for agric programme

Edo to train 150 human trafficking victims for agric programme

Forlorn-looking Nigerian ladies who are victims of human trafficking evacuated from Bamako, Mali and facilitated by the office of Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora on arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. Photo by Lamidi Bamidele.

By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN CITY—THE Edo State Government, yesterday, promised to commence the training of 150 victims of human trafficking in its agricultural programme and other vocations.

Governor Godwin Obaseki disclosed this during a meeting with some of the victims and members of the Initiatives For Youth Awareness On Migration, Development and Reintegration, IYAMIDR, led by its President, Solomon Okoduwa.

The governor, who said that the training was part of efforts by the state government to reintegrate the victims into the society and arm them with the trainings which will enable them become self-reliant, said efforts were being made by his administration to ensure the safety and progress of any Edo citizen.

Expressing their gratitude to the governor, Mr Okoduwa said: “This gesture will go a long way in putting these victims off the streets and we are very grateful to the governor for putting them into the Edo Agricultural Development Program.

“The 150 returnees who are the first batch to benefit from the human capacity programme which is aimed at reintegrating and improving their skills in agricultural sector will be helped to be self-reliant, and responsible citizens.”