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NOA, int’l organization for migration pay advocacy visit to Emonu community
THE National Orientation Agency (NOA) in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), yesterday paid advocacy visit to Emonu Community of Orogun Clan in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, to sensitize them on the danger of irregular migration.
Speaking during the advocacy visit at the Palace of the Okparuku of Emonu Community, a Chief Orientation officer, Lady Pat Bakare said it was dangerous to travel through illegal means, adding that some, through the process had ended up in Libya or the Mediterranean Sea, while others had been sold into prostitution.
According to her, government was not against their travelling to other countries but it should be done through the right channel.
“What we are saying is that if you must travel, do it through the right channel. Going through the wrong route, most of our people have ended in Libya in the name of passing there to Europe and they ended up in the Mediterranean Sea,” she said.
Lady Bakare said it was unfortunate that some people had travelled for over five years now, saying, “We have not heard from them and we don’t even know where they are, and whether they are alive or dead we don’t know.”
She warned parents not to release their children to traffickers but to act wisely, stressing that most of the people involved in the act of human trafficking would come home during the yuletide to entice unsuspecting parents with their ill-gotten wealth and fake promises of providing job opportunities for them, and advised that such persons should be reported to security agents.
“Christmas is coming; most of the people involved in the human trafficking will come home on holiday. By the time they spend some money, we begin to think they are doing well so that they can entice you” she said, adding, “They will tell you you’re your daughter can work abroad and make big money. Please don’t listen to them, it is all lies, they are going to sell them into prostitution, you should report them to security agents.”
Lady Bakare also advised youths to exert their energy here in Nigeria by acquiring entrepreneurial skills to eke out a living for themselves instead of going to Europe to become mortuary attendants or in the process lose their lives to human parts harvesters.
The Chief Orientation Officer disclosed that Ughelli North Local Government Area was among the five local governments in Delta State involved in the act, saying that the illegal migration campaign would be taken to every nook and cranny of Ughelli North local government area.
Also speaking, one of the trained facilitators, Miss Blessing Omoru, said that they have formed dialogue groups in various communities in Ughelli North local government area which according to her had made the campaign on illegal migration very effective. Miss Omoru advised the people to get wise to avoid falling for fake and fat promises from human traffickers.