DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has inaugurated a high-powered 17-man Task Force to check human trafficking and irregular migration in the state.

The Task Force which has the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, Mr Peter Mrakpor as Chairman was inaugurated yesterday (22/03/19) in the presence of the Director-General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Dame Julie Okah-Donli  in Asaba.

Governor Okowa stated that the Task Force had become necessary bearing in mind the high incidents of trafficked persons from the state.

According to him, “we are very worried as a state that we occupy high position among the states affected by human trafficking and irregular migration; we are committed as a state to stem the tide that is why we are setting up this serious Task Force.”

“We need to reach out to our people and discourage them from seeking greener pastures that do not exists; irregular migration and human trafficking are evils that have visited our state and it must be checked,” he said, adding, “we will need to get the church, the traditional institution, the youths, all relevant groups to be involved; we need partners for the message to get to a lot of persons within the shortest possible time to check irregular migration and human trafficking.”

He assured of his administration’s preparedness to carry out reintegration programmes for those who returns, observing, “we have chosen the right set of persons to be members of the Task Force and we congratulate them believing that they will carry out their functions diligently.”

The D-G of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli had in an address, said, “the Task Force is not a money making venture but, a service to humanity; it is expected that the task force will use this platform to prevent human trafficking, support and protect trafficked persons through a more coordinated approach in the state; develop strategies and state action plans on counter-trafficking issues, carry out programmes for effective reintegration of trafficked victims into the society, work with the state Ministry of Justice on how to protect, assist and provide access to justice for victims of trafficking, among others.”

She commended Governor Okowa for his determination to check human trafficking and irregular migration.

Mr Mrakpor in his response, said, “we thank our Governor for this opportunity to serve our state and humanity, we will do our best to carry out our functions without fear of favour.”

Some other members, Barr. Nduka Nwanwenne, Rev. Omatsola Williams, Mr Patrick Ukah, Rt. Hon. Mercy Almona-Isei, Dr Genevieve Mordi, Commissioner of Police Yinka Adeleke, Mrs M.N. Otubu, Mr Ibrahim Liman, Mr Ameh Ocheja, Mr Benito Eze, Mr Charles Oliogu, Chief Daniel Usifor, Pastor Azuka Onyebo, Comrade Julius Olomukoro, Amb. Carolyn Usikpedo, and Mr Felix Ofou.

 PRESS UNIT

GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ASABA

MARCH 22, 2019

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