BOZIMO ADVOCATE FOR COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS IN CURBING HUMAN TRAFFICKING
BY EFEMENA PURITY.
Miffed by the excessive acts of human trafficking in Delta State, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Isaiah Bozimo has advocated for more collaborative efforts in curbing human trafficking.
Mr. Bozimo stated this in Asaba, the State capital in his remarks during a training programme for members of the committee drawn from various MDAs and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
He assured of the determination of the Reintegration Committee of the taskforce on human trafficking and irregular migration to ensure the realisation of the standard of operating procedures for return, readmission and reintegration of returned migrants of Delta State origin.
The Attorney-General , who doubles as the Delta State Chairman of the taskforce on human trafficking and irregular migration and the coordinator of Reintegration Committee, said that the MDAs and CSOs that make up the committee were those that usually carried out all forms of reintegration based products such as empowerment, counselling and provision of health services.
Represented by the Head of Anti Human Trafficking Unit of his ministry, Mrs. Ijeoma Nwanze, the Commissioner stated that the committee was saddled with the task of ensuring the reintegration of those that had been irregularly trafficked and returned to the State through effective management, treatment and accommodation of the victims to help them stabilise in the society.
He said that there was need for collaborative effort in combating human trafficking and irregular migration in the state.
Bozimo hinted that the Reintegration Committee was established in states across the federation, especially states with high level of victims of human trafficking who had been returned from foreign countries to the State.
He said that through the committee, the state government would support the victims of human trafficking, adding that the training would expose them more on how the policy was supposed to work.
He lauded the International Organisation on Migration (IOM) for its consistent support and enjoined participants to take the training seriously.
Earlier, the Senior Project Assistant of International Organisation on Migration (IOM), Aigbeze Uhimwen Esq, reiterated the commitment of IOM to sustain its support to the State Government on migration management.
While saying that the level of commitment and initiatives of the Reintegration Committee showed the ownership of the process by the committee, Mr. Aigbeze Uhimwen appreciated the taskforce on human trafficking and irregular migration and other stakeholders of Reintegration Committee for their resilience and commitment towards the achievements recorded by the committee so far.
In their separate goodwill messages, the Director of Women Affairs in the state Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Mrs. Faith Okpohwo , the State Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA) , Chris Anyabuine and the Director of Planning (Environmental Sector) in Ministry of Economic Planning, Mrs. Atogun Fidelia described the training as apt and commended the committee for organising the training.
They said that would impact and eqip them with the needed capacity and approach in carrying out their assignments effectively and got results, stressing that IOM had been very supportive.