The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has inaugurated members of the State Task Force on Human Trafficking to curb the menace of human trafficking and irregular migration in the State.
The Governor who spoke during the inauguration of the task force on tuesday at the Lagos House, Ikeja, urged all members of the task force to see their appointment as a call to service.
Members of the Lagos State Task Force on Human Trafficking were also charged to come up with brilliant ideas, innovations and policies that will help the Government in curbing the menace.
“The pandemic has created more economic difficulties for many especially women, young ladies and children who are the most vulnerable and might become exposed to the perils of human trafficking in a bid to seek better lives.
“In view of this, I strongly believe that this initiative of constituting State Task Forces on Human Trafficking could not have come at a better time than now when it is needed more than ever that we put human dignity and human rights at the forefront and governments across all levels need to join hands and make collaborative efforts to put an end to the scourge of human trafficking”.
Sanwo-Olu promised the members of the task force of the government’s “unwavering support, collaboration and strong partnership in providing all that is needed to ensure we bring an end to the menace of human trafficking in our society.”
Speaking further, the Governor commended the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for their relentless efforts in the fight against human trafficking and irregular migration.
On the other hand, the the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, said the problem of human trafficking and irregular migration have become a great national concern, particularly with the large number of Nigerians trapped in sexual and labour exploitation in various African and European countries, apart from the hundreds that continue to die in the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea.
Okah-Donli commended the Governor and members of his cabinet for partnering with NAPTIP to stem the tide of the evil of human trafficking and irregular migration in Lagos State and Nigeria.