Federal House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs have said that effective partnership of all tiers of governments, especially Wives of State Governors and other relevant stakeholders will enhance Nigeria’s fight against human trafficking in the country. The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. (Mrs) Tolulope Akande-Sadipe K, made this known on Thursday in an interview with newsmen, as part of activities marking the 2020 World Day Against Trafficking Persons
She expressed worry over the high-level of trafficking, inviting, Wives of Governors in the to rise against this and other vices against females in order to end the evil act. “This is another form of violence against women. The best way to eradicate this evil among us is to work in unisom. Wives of Governors should use their offices to advocate against this act. The traficking agents and their collaborators are not more powerful than those who mean well for the people of this Nation”.
She revealed that her recent meeting with the Wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, which yielded positive enthusiasm by the Governor’s wife shows that there could be fruitful collaborations with wives of Governors to bring this embarrassing scourge to an end. “This action will ensure that we build awareness in our various states and discourage and educate parents and our girls on the risk of foreign domestic servitude and the lies of agents who end up trafficking them into dangerous situations”.
“We would ensure that the collaboration focuses on rehabilitation, engaging effective sensitisation, workshops and seminars across communities, schools, churches, mosques markets, and other public places”, to the remotest parts of our nation, she added. Mrs. Sadipe also thanked the Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ambassador Goni Modu Zanna Bura, who recently came to the aid of thirty Nigerian girls in Lebanon, who were forcefully ejected by their landlord.