…Plans to harmonise transport unions
Edo State Government has said it would enact laws against human trafficking, as part of ongoing measures to tackle illegal migration and eradicate trade in human beings.
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, who is also chairperson of the state’s Taskforce on Human Trafficking, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, disclosed this at the flag-off of a state-wide sensitisation workshop on human trafficking and illegal migration, held at Idogbo, headquarters of Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.
“The state government is working on a law to ensure perpetrators who aid human trafficking and illegal migration are sentenced to jail, without the option of fine. All hands must be on deck to support this drive in curtailing the menace, which has damaged the reputation of the state.”
The Edo State Taskforce on Human Trafficking, a collaboration of the state government and international agencies such as the European Union is aimed at rebranding the state as an investment destination with human resources potential. The Enogie of Ukhiri, a community in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, Godwin Aigbe, commended the state government’s efforts in organising the sensitisation workshop to enlighten youths on the dangers of human trafficking and illegal migration.
Meanwhile, the state government has commenced discussions with unions in the transport sector, in a bid to harmonise them into one entity, for ease of management and collection of levies, dues and taxes across the state.
Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu disclosed this at a meeting with representatives of various unions in the transport sub-sector, as well as the state chairman and secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), recently.