The Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Rep Tolulope Akande Sadipe has called on Federal Government to probe the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige for violating the law of the land as he continued to issue International Recruiters Licenses to Agents, despite Federal Government’s 2017 moratorium.
Hon. Akande Sadipe made the call on Monday while responding to questions from journalists, lamenting that Nigeria has no Bilateral Labour Agreement with any nation and the execution of the Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) has been lingering.
She added that many Nations in the Middle East and even within Africa were violating the rights of Nigerians under the guise of domestic servitude. “Eighty thousand Nigerian girls are currently held as sex slaves, and forced labour in Mali, across Middle East Nations with Lebanon, Saudi Arabia UAE and Oman top on the list.
She pointed out that these agents collect $1000 plus of the first 3 to 6 months salaries of the girls and abandon them to their plight in the foreign nations. “The trafficked girls unfortunately are ignorant of the ills they may face abroad and are lured by the agents, because they seek a better life”.
Akande-Sadipe also revealed that these agents lie to the ladies about the jobs waiting for them in foreign lands, urging Nigerians to move away from the perception that the girls left this shores to prostitute. “This issue of human trafficking has reached pandemic levels and the appeals for help circulating across social media is an embarrassment to our Nation”.
She urged President Muhammed Buhari to empower National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, adding that this would enable them achieve their mandate to apprehend and prosecute these Agents and to review the activities and funding of Foreign Missions to enable them meet their responsibilities to Nigerians across the world.