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Delta commences campaign against human trafficking



The Delta Government on Thursday commenced campaign against human trafficking with a call on parents to discourage their children from embarking on dangerous adventure in the guise of seeking greener pastures abroad.

Mr Peter Mrakpor, the Chairman of the Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration, led the campaign in Asaba.

Mrakpor noted that most parents believed the best way to secure a better future for their children and wards was to encourage them to seek greener pastures abroad.

According to him, some parents go as far as selling their property to send their children abroad so that they can compete with other families.

He called on parents to work with the state government and other stakeholders in the fight and campaigns against irregular migration.

The task force chairman said through illegal migration and human trafficking, many lives had been cut short.

He said that the essence of the rally was to sensitise the populace to the dangers associated with human trafficking and irregular migration.

Mrakpor, who is the state Commissioner for Justice, said that the campaign would be taken to the 25 Local Government Areas of the state.

“Apart from the local government areas, we will visit churches, traditional rulers and schoolsp, among others, to sensitise them to the dangers of human trafficking and irregular migration,” he said.

Mrakpor also advised the youths to acquire skills that could make them self-reliant, adding that they did not need to work in government organisations to succeed in life.

The task force chairman assured the youths of the readiness of the state government to empower them.

The state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mrs. Flora Alatan, stressed the need for parents to do more in educating their children and wards to shun illegal migration.

Alatan said that the state and the country at large were blessed with abundant natural resources that could sustain everyone.

“There is nothing you cannot find in Nigeria; In Nigeria, we have greener pasture,’’ she said.

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