Illegal Migration: My Govt Creating Opportunities To Reverse It – Obaseki
The Executive Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki said has his administration is doing everything to reverse illegal migration and human trafficking.
Obaseki said he has created better opportunities for Edo people in order to reverse the scourge that has brought disrepute to the state.
The governor bragged before the Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Steiner George who paid him a courtesy visit at Government in Benin City, the state capital.
He said the creation of such opportunities would discourage people from embarking on risky journeys and realized that their dreams can be realized at home.
Obaseki said his government has been fighting human trafficking and migration using short, medium and long term strategies, partnering with local and international stakeholders.
He said: “We are providing our people with highly sought-after skills and creating opportunities for jobs, emphasising training, especially technical training and improving their chances of employment.
“As a government, we have made a commitment politically to focus on the issue. My administration has established our own Taskforce and in the last two years, we have attracted international partners who have joined forces with us to fight the scourge.”
He added “We are of the conviction that if we can create several of such economic opportunities in the areas that are most prone to the scourge, we will be addressing some of the issues causing this scourge. We have done quite a bit as we work to see how we can optimise the resources available to us”.
The governor told his guest that he has begun making plans to create a portal where interested individuals in the area of migration will easily indicate interest.
Ambassador Commends Obaseki’s Commitment
In his response, Ambassador Steiner assured the governor of his country support in the government’s effort that would benefit young people in the state.
He commended Obaseki for his commitment and for setting up institutions to addressing the issue of human trafficking and illegal migration
He assured that the governor’s idea to collaborate with stakeholders, organisations and other countries was the best approach.