By Akomolafe Olumide, Senior Correspondent, Ekiti
Ekitii State government is poised to tackle human trafficking, child labour and other social vices that subject people to slavery and militate against their freedom.
Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wale Fapounda stated this during a meeting of the State Committee of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NATIP) in Ado-Ekiti.
The Commissioner who said the state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi was eager to eradicate from the state noted that poor standard of living and unemployment among others often contribute to the rise of the vices.
He said efforts would be made to track down traffickers and ensure that perpetrators of child labour are brought to book.
He also opined that agricultural and technical education revolution as being championed by the current administration in the state would ensure that thousands of youths are taken off the street.
The Zonal Commander, National Agency for the Prohibition of Human Trafficking in Persons, (NATIP) Mrs. Akomolafe kehinde assured that the committee would partner with stakeholders in the media industry to
ensure intense awareness campaign in Ekiti to further educate residents on the inherent dangers of human trafficking, child labour and other dehumanizing activities.
She appealed to the members of the committee to be pragmatic in their approach to the social menace so that such inhuman acts could be completely stamped out of the state.
In their remarks, the Chairman, Ekiti State Council of Obas, Oba Micheal Ademolaju and the State Commissioner of Police, Asuquo Amba noted that databank should be established to ensure effective tracking of offenders and for measurement and evaluation purposes.
At the event were the State Comptroller of Immigration, Dibia Ifeoma, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Moji Fafure and the Ekiti Head of Market Women, Mrs. Waye Osho among others.