The National Agency for the Prohibition ofTrafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, has warned students against embarking onunplanned trips abroad; stressing that unemployment was not a justifiablereason for young men and women in Edo and Delta states to submit to being traffickedout of the country.
The Benin Zonal Commander of the agency, NdukaNwenwene who sounded the note of warning, also revealed that the two sisterstates have the highest number of those trafficked out of the country.
Addressing students of St. Maria Goretti,Benin City at a sensitization programme organized by Re-educating Africans onthe Risk and Dangers in Unplanned Journey Abroad, RARDUJA, Nwenwene stated that,“In 2011, NAPTIP brought back 104 girls from Mali. Out of that 104 girls,60 of them came from Edo State, 30 came from Delta State. So, Edo and Delta,accounted for 90, leaving only 14 for the rest of the states in the country andit should not be so because Edo and Delta states are not the pooreststates.”
Nwenwene said though the government had failedon its part to provide jobs for her citizens, it was still not enough reasonfor people to embark on such journey.
He called on Nigerians to report cases ofhuman trafficking to NAPTIP, stressing that the battle could only be woncollectively.
Speaking on the theme, “Say No toUnplanned Journey Abroad”, the coordinator, RARDUJA International,Ambassador Eddy Duru, said the dangers in embarking on unplanned journey toEurope were enormous and so should not be encouraged in any school either bythe teachers or the proprietors.
According to him, “Our quest is tocontinue to re-educate our people, Nigerians, on the risks and all the hazardsthat are associated with this traveling through the sea and the desertespecially unplanned, even through the air. Many who are there right now arefrustrated.”
While affirming that there are a lot toachieve in Nigeria, Duru asserted that what Nigerians need is the ability tolook inward and find something meaningful to do. He said while some Nigerianswere leaving the country for the fear of Boko Haram in the recent past, otherforeigners were trooping into the country for businesses just because they wereable to see what others could not see in the country.
He said RARDUJA was not against anybodytraveling abroad but should anyone want to travel, the person should follow dueprocess to avoid the risk of losing one’s life in a bid to travel out of thecountry.