The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, says the youth especially have a pivotal role to play in assisting in the fight against human trafficking and illegal migration.
The Zonal Commander, NAPTIP, Mr. Nduka Nwanwenne made the assertion during an Anti-human Trafficking Campaign in collaboration with Global Initiative Against Illegal Migration, GIAM to raise young Anti-Human Trafficking Ambassadors in Ubiaja, Esan South-East Local Government Area, Edo State.
According to Mr. Nwanwenne, the agency under the innovative drive of her Director-General, Mrs. Julie Okah-Donli was committed at changing the narrative against human trafficking hence the need to catch the younger generation by educating them on the negative trend.
He urged students to become partners in the fight by extending lessons learnt from the interaction to their peers at home as well as reporting any suspicious act of human trafficking to the agency.
Executive Director, GIAM, Mr. Emmanuel Obinya, while urging the students to works hard as to avoid being victims of human trafficking, announced said the organisation in furthering its partnership with NAPTIP has initiated a quiz competition to spread the knowledge of human trafficking among young people.
Mr. Obinya who noted that no amount of campaign was too much to discourage young people from being tricked by traffickers called on individuals, corporate organisations, government at all levels to join in the fight as the organisation has concluded plans to take the campaign to all parts of the state.
A special guest at the event, Mr. Mike Agbonhiebuele while thanking the organizers for the programme, implore the students to be committed to their studies has there was no easy road to success.
Some students in an interview expressed satisfaction with the programme and promised to domesticate lessons learnt in their various schools.
Omeiza Balogun/Benin City