The House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, says effective partnership of all tiers of governments, Wives of State Governors and other relevant stakeholders will enhance Nigeria’s fight against human trafficking in the country.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mrs Tolulope Akande-Sadipe made this known in an interview with newsmen, as part of activities marking the 2020 World Day Against Trafficking Persons.
Mrs Akande-Sadipe, who expressed worry over the high-level of trafficking, urged Wives of Governors to rise against this ugly trend and other vices against females in order to end the evil act.
The lawmaker who described trafficking as another form of violence against women, stressed the need for Wives of Governors to use their offices to advocate against this act.
She noted that trafficking agents and their collaborators should not be allowed to become more powerful than well meaning Nigerians and the nation as a whole.
Mrs Akande-Sadipe further stated that her recent meeting with the Wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, which yielded positive results shows that there could be fruitful collaborations with wives of Governors to bring this embarrassing scourge to an end.
She added that this collaboration while creating awareness in states will equally discourage and educate parents and young girls on the risk of foreign domestic servitude and the lies of agents who end up trafficking them.
The Chairman also emphasized the need for the collaboration to focus on rehabilitation, effective sensitisation, workshops and seminars across communities, schools, churches, mosques markets, and other public places.
Mrs. Akande-Sadipe who commended 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 called on the Ministry of Women Affairs, both at State and Federal level to partner with relevant stakeholders to put an end , to the menace.