His Excellency Umaru Tanko Almakura has expressed the readiness of the Nasarawa State Government to partner with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) towards stopping the trafficking of persons in Nasarawa and Nigeria at large as well as partnering with NAPTIP towards setting up a training institute in the state.
Governor Almakura disclosed this as he received the Director-General Dame Julie Okah – Donli Esq. who was at the Government House Lafia for a Courtesy Visit with members of her team to raise awareness to the menace of Trafficking of person.
The Governor who expressed delight in the visit stated that they had been craving such a visit from the agency due to the good work the agency was doing, stating that trafficking had become a nagging issue that had Globally overwhelmed Governments, as each day persons were being forced into labour, and trafficked into countries causing problems describing it as an issue that needed to be nipped in the bud.
Gov. Almakura disclosed that he considered Nasarawa State very vulnerable due to its closeness to the Federal Capital where it has become a transit for people , where persons try to get job opportunities but are forced into labour, noting some eateries that use under aged children who are carried by relations to work in one aspect or the other.
He stated that the Government of Nasarawa state would collaborate and partner with National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) towards ensuring that the war they were raging against trafficking of persons was successful, assuring them of the support of the Nasarawa state Government due to level of awareness and training they would provide.
Reacting to their request to setup an institute in the state the Governor described Nasarawa State as the right center for this, noting other agencies such as EFCC and ICPC that have setup training centers in the state., he further describe Nasarawa state as very accessible and welcoming to the agency for the fight on trafficking , the skills training and followup they would bring .
Speaking earlier , Director-General National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP)Dame Julie Okah – Donli Esq
The DG commended the Nasarawa State Governor for his developmental efforts as well as commending the silently and steadily working on youth empowerment schemes aimed at curbing unemployment and trafficking , lauding the relative peace being experienced in Nasarawa State which has led to the desire of various investors to come into Nasarawa State .
The DG stated that they were there for a courtesy with the Governor to familiarize themselves f and the agency with the state Government and other stakeholders with a new roadmap towards stemming the tide of human trafficking in Nigerian and Nasarawa state , as well as to seek areas of partnership and cooperation.
The DG described human Trafficking as a low risk , high profit sophisticated crime that constitutes a major security threat to any nation , which is fueled by the push an go factors and has reach international dimensions evolving daily with new trick and trends which now include organ harvesting among numerous socio economical disadvantages.
She further described Nasarawa State as one of the endemic states that had internal trafficking for sexual exploitation in brothels, child trafficking for begging and forced labour in mines due to the proximity to the Federal Capital .
The DG requested for the support of the Nasarawa state Government for land that could be used for the NAPTIP training institute, which would have the administrative structure, residential quarters, skills acquisition centers, parade ground and squatting facilities among other key components needed in the institute.