UN, Italian envoys rate Edo high in fight against human trafficking

UN, Italian envoys rate Edo high in fight against human trafficking

United Nations Women Country Representative to Nigeria and Economic Community of  West Africa State (ECOWAS), Ms. Comfort Lamptey and the Deputy Ambassador of Italy to Nigeria, Tarek Chazli, have rated the Edo State government high on its fight on human trafficking in the State. They gave their commendations at the official launching of the Preventing

United Nations Women Country Representative to Nigeria and Economic Community of  West Africa State (ECOWAS), Ms. Comfort Lamptey and the Deputy Ambassador of Italy to Nigeria, Tarek Chazli, have rated the Edo State government high on its fight on human trafficking in the State.

They gave their commendations at the official launching of the Preventing Forced Migration and Trafficking of Women and Girls in Nigeria held in Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

Ms. Lamptey said the recent signing into law bill prohibiting Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) by the State Government was a right decision taken by the governor in reducing the scourge against forced migration and trafficking of women and girl-child in the State.

Shae said, “In particular, following the recent passage of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition, VAPP in Edo State; It is clear that implementation will be key to addressing some of the root causes underlying the phenomenon of trafficking of women and girls. 

“The project will support the Ministry to develop and prioritize actions under a Roadmap for Implementation of the VAPP Act.

“The project will also build synergies with ongoing interventions by sister UN agencies, including UNODC, IOM, and UNHCR who have made important contributions in support of the State government’s efforts to curb this menace”, she said.

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Lamptey said globally, UN Women has built a solid and robust knowledge-base and expertise in the areas of addressing gender, forced migration and trafficking of women and girls. 

She said the starting point for their work is an acknowledgement of the disproportionate impact of trafficking on women and girls, who make up over 70 percent of persons trafficked globally. 

She also said that they recognized that structural inequalities, vulnerabilities and a lack of sustainable livelihoods are among the chief causes of trafficking. Indeed, trafficking is both part of the continuum of labor exploitation and violence against women.  

According to her, Nigeria has presented itself simultaneously as country of origin, transit and destination for all streams of migration and trafficking. 

She said beyond irregular migration, Nigeria also experiences significant trafficking. Women and children constitute the majority of those trafficked to Europe, as well as being irregular migrants to other African destinations and the Middle East. While there are dynamic shifts over time, the main sites of forced documented and undocumented migration and trafficking include Edo State, the Delta and some Northern States.  

On his part, the Deputy Ambassador of Italy to Nigeria, Tarek Chazli, said the State government has proven itself to be a reliable partner in the fight against human trafficking adding that that is why the Italian government is willing to assist in all possible ways to ensure that the fight is completely won.

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Also speaking, the Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki represented by Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, Chairperson, Edo State Task Force Against Human Trafficking/Attorney General and the Commissioner for Justice, said his government is committed to the fight against human trafficking and irregular migration, adding that the government has spent a lot of money in eradicating the menace from State.

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