Edo, Actionaid partner to end irregular migration

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Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that his administration would collaborate with relevant organisations and agencies to reduce the increasing rate of irregular migration by youths in the state.

Obaseki stated this while launching the ‘Creation of alternatives to migration through socio-economic development and sensitisation’ project initiated by Actionaid Nigeria in Benin City.

The governor, represented by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omoregbe, on Thursday, said that the state government had a clear commitment to tackle the menace with a task force on anti-trafficking to be inaugurated on August 15.

“We understand that we have a problem on irregular migration. To an extent, we have it among the young men. But we have it far more among the different women that are being trafficked.

“It is definitely something I can see will be a symbiotic initiative that will also enhance and enrich the task force when it starts. I am sure that there are many ways that the government can work with you.”

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The Country Director of the organisation, Ojobo Atuluku, said that the project was targeted at the reduction of exposure of the Edo youths to the attendant risk of irregular migration, using livelihoods, conflict management and communication for behavioural change strategies.

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