Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has revealed his intention to work with the European Union (EU) to discourage and penalise offenders caught promoting illegal migration, while also noting that his administration would collaborate with the EU to drive economic development.
Obaseki said this at the Government House in Benin City when the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Michel Arrion, disclosed that the union was currently working with 10 states in development, trade, investment and migration.
Meanwhile, he indicated reciprocal intent to partner with the government of Edo State to boost job creation in the state, adding that the stateâ€™s agrarian resources could be of immense advantage to solving many problems.
On illegal migration, he explained that while the EU welcomed migrants, it was against illegal migration, which had led to the death of many Nigerian youths in the Saharan Desert and Mediterranean Sea.
The governor, however commended the EU for its support to Nigeria, especially the Niger Delta Support Programme and Rural Financing Programme, adding that his administration had outlined short, medium and long term programmes to revamp the.
â€œWe want to enact relevant legislation to deal with the criminals who promote illegal migration and we will need your support to help us prosecute the perpetrators at the international level,â€ the governor said.