By Clifford Ndujihe
GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has inaugurated a 17-man Task Force to check human trafficking and irregular migration in the state with the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, Mr Peter Mrakpor, as Chairman.
The inauguration of the task force by Okowa in Asaba was witnessed by the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Mrs Julie Okah-Donli.
Speaking at the event, the governor said: “We are very worried as a state that we occupy a high position among the states affected by human trafficking and irregular migration. We are committed as a state to stem the tide and that is why we have set up this serious Task Force.
“We need to reach out to our people and discourage them from seeking greener pastures that do not exist; irregular migration and human trafficking are evils that have visited our state and it must be checked.
“We will need to get the church, the traditional institution, the youths and all relevant groups to be involved; we need partners for the message to get to a lot of persons within the shortest possible time to check irregular migration and human trafficking.”
On her part, Dame Okah-Donli commended the governor for his determination and enjoined members not to see the task force as a money-making venture.
Chairman of the Task Force, Mr. Mrakpor, thanked Governor Okowa for the opportunity to serve the state and humanity and promised that the team “will do our best to carry out our functions without fear or favour.”
Other members are Messrs. Nduka Nwanwenne, Patrick Ukah, Ibrahim Liman, Charles Oliogu, Felix Ofou, Ameh Ocheja, Benito Eze, Chief Daniel Usifor, Rev. Omatsola Williams, Mercy Almona-Isei, Dr Genevieve Mordi, Commissioner of Police Yinka Adeleke, Mrs M.N. Otubu, Pastor Azuka Onyebo, Julius Olomukoro, and Ambassador Carolyn Usikpedo.