Human trafficking: Edo reiterates commitment to end menace


The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie Esq., has said that Edo State Government will not relent in the fight against human trafficking and illegal migration so that the state can optimally harness its human resources, especially youths, for development.

Ogie reiterated the state government’s resolve during a chat with journalists in Benin City, Edo State capital.

“The Godwin Obaseki-led administration will sustain the campaign against human trafficking. This is a continuous effort to rescue our people from the scourge,” Ogie said.  

He noted that the first step the state government took in the fight against human trafficking was to acknowledge the existence of the problem and not pretend about the gravity of the issue in Edo State.

“We came out strong to say that this is a problem affecting our people and we want to be in the vanguard to lead the fight against human trafficking and illegal migration, ” he said.

According to him, “In the past six months, Edo State Government has made serious efforts in the fight against human trafficking. We were able to bring the issue not only to the front burner but also engaged international partners.”

Ogie said that the state government will continue to assist  her indigenes who are victims of human trafficking and assist them to resettle to normal life. He noted, “Our people should know that nothing is wrong with migration. The state government is not against migration but illegal migration and human trafficking through which Edo people are being sold and their organs harvested.

“Parents should be aware and begin to ask certain questions before they allow their children to travel abroad. They should ask what their children are going to do abroad.” 

He added, “It is a good thing that majority of Edo people are with Governor Godwin Obaseki in the fight against human trafficking.”