The Federal Government of Nigeria has been urged to henceforth handle the issue of human trafficking in the country with all seriousness.
The Jegun of Idepe-Okitipupa, Oba Michael Adetoye while fielding questions from journalists at Okitipupa on Tuesday at a sensitization/campaign programme organized by Bernard Okoh and Excel Care Education Foundations for secondary school students in the area observed that it is obvious that this crime against humanity has been treated with kid gloves.
Represented by the secretary of Jegun-in-Council, Chief Segun Adesuwa, Adetoye frankly pointed out that most crimes in Nigeria are introduced into the society by rich people and during fighting against such crimes, only the poor who learnt from the rich are faced.
He therefore posited that those living in affluence through human trafficking and other crimes be brought to book to serve as deterrent to others.
The Jegun called on government at the three tiers to create employment and embark on intensive sensitization for indigent members of the society.
Resource persons at the programme which took place at the Idepe Town Hall included Messrs Akinola Clement, a Deputy Director with the Okitipupa Local Government and Mr. Akinduro Henry, a retired school principal, Mrs. Kole-Iluyemi Olayinka and Mrs. Ademulegun Temitope.
They traced causes of human trafficking to mass unemployment, poverty, lust for overnight wealth and inadequate education.
According to them, the effect includes slavery, forced labour, untimely death and others.
The solution was however linked to creation of job opportunities, tight security at all national borders, education for all children of school age, empowerment for the teaming youths and so on.
A representative of the organisers, Engineer Charles Maduma informed that the programme is taking place in the nine states in the Niger Delta Development Commission catchment areas
“Ondo is the third state. We started at Delta, then Edo and the next state will be Bayelsa” he informed.
Earlier in the day, the team had visited the prison at Okitipupa where mattresses, sewing machines, hair dryers and computer sets were distributed to inmates.
The prison at Ondo City would also be visited for distribution of similar materials, according to Maduma.
Miss Grace Aworose of Elisery Secondary School, Ayeka who appreciated the foundations on behalf of others was pleased that token sums of money was also given to participants.