-BY ONORIODE ETATSEMI:
Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Isaiah Bozimo has said that the State Government through the Ministry of Justice and taskforce on human trafficking and irregular migration will always embrace holistic approach towards collaborating with relevant stakeholders to enhance the safety and security of Deltans.
Bozimo stated this in his office in Asaba when he played host to the Programme Manager, DEVATOP Centre for Africa Development, Mr. Emmanuel Ibiabo and his team who paid him a courtesy visit.
He said that the State taskforce on human trafficking and irregular migration had continued to interface with stakeholders on critical areas of support such as integration, awareness raise and shelter initiatives for victims of human trafficking in the state.
Bozimo,who stressed the importance of the ease of reporting cases of human trafficking in order to ensure rapid response mechanism in tackling the issue, said that the the taskforce was keen in ensuring that indigenes of the state were aware of the dangers associated with human trafficking.
The AG said that the initiative of DEVATOP was in line with what the taskforce was doing in the state, adding that the taskforce was established in the state by Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.
He explained that since inception, the taskforce had played proactive role in combating human trafficking and irregular migration with robust synergy with domestic and international partners such as NAPTIP and now DEVATOP.
Earlier, the Programme Manager, DEVATOP Centre for Africa Development, Mr. Emmanuel Ibiabo told the Attorney-General that his team was in his office to seek Ministry’s and the taskforce on human trafficking and irregular migration partnership in fighting human trafficking.
He stated that DEVATOP had four objectives such as increasing awareness of issues of trafficking in communities, enhance psychosocial support for the team of trafficking in the area of training and promoting multi sectoral engagement between governments and CSOs and private sector.
Mr. Ibiabo, who said that Delta State was among the three states including Enugu and Sokoto where their activities would take place, listed some of the activities to include talk and act and grading of existing application.
He said that the collaboration would cenre on human trafficking, rapid response to cases of trafficking, investigation and prosecution, protection and shelter and integration of victims of human trafficking.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of some documents /flyers with the inscriptions, abeg no de ignore human trafficking, if you see human trafficking talkam and human trafficking violates human rights , stop it .