By Amgbare Ekaunkumo,Yenagaoa
The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) says it will forge strategic partnership with Bayelsa Government, relevant agencies to halt human trafficking and other related offences in Bayelsa.
Mrs Ijeoma Uduak, the Zonal Commander of NAPTIP, Benin Zonal Command, which comprises of Edo, Delta and Bayelsa state, which was recently added to the zone.
She, made the assertion on Tuesday in Yenagoa, during her visit to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and State Commissioner of Police.
Uduak, said that NAPTIP through the Director General of NAPTIP, Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, was ready to partner with the relevant stakeholders in order to reduce the rate of human trafficking, child labour, sexual exploitation and other related offences to the barest minimum in the state.
“As we all know, NAPTIP is a focal agency of the Federal Government saddled with the responsibilities of coordinating all trafficking in persons law, arrest and prosecution of offenders.
“We also rehabilitated victims and prevent occurrence through sensitisation and partnership for the betterment of the society.
“We are more determined for synergy and collaboration in order to collectively eradicate these heinous crimes across board,” she said.
Commenting, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Kombowei Benson, said the issue of trafficking and rape had been a common menace the government has been trying to stop.
“There has been talk shows on Radio, TV, social media, so much steps must be taken to curb the situation.
“As a government, we must ensure that such activities do not take place in Bayelsa, were you see young girls are been rape molested by adults, that have to be a thing of the past.
“Information must be given to be able to less the issue of rape, trafficking and and child abuse, in the whole country,” he stated.
The Acting State Director of DSS, Mr Mike Obaje, commended the NAPTIP, for the synergy with security agencies in Bayelsa.
He said child trafficking, rape, ànd abuse had in recent times be at the increase in Nigeria.
“Rape is becoming a serious concern for the citizenry, as the menace is now common in all part of the country.
“NAPTIP, should endeavour to organise an enlightenment program for the public to be aware of the antics of those trafficking and other related matters,” he said.
The Commander NDLEA, Mr Kupi Maulsei, said he is ready to partner with NAPTIP, to curb human trafficking and other related matters in Bayelsa.
He changed them to be more serious this time around, as the crime of trafficking and rape is on the high side in Nigeria for now.
In his part, the Commissioner of Police Bayelsa, CP Nkereuwem Akpan, acknowledged the NAPTIP team for the good works they have been doing and promised to work in synergy with them.
He promised to always assist the organization in anyway they could to eradicate trafficking, rape and other abuses, in Bayelsa.
The CP, said that the command will also assist in intelligent gathering, as said that drug is one of the main issue that led young people to abuse and rape young girls forcefully.
Akpan, called on parents to caution there children on the kind of friend they keep, to avoid become problems to the society.
The Comptroller of Immigration, Mr Felix Odika, said that NIS was ready to collaborate with NAPTIP in curbing trafficking and illegal migration.
He said NAPTIP, has been living up to their mandate and expectations, as the nature of their job makes it imperative in the society.
“You people have been doing your job properly, urging them never to be deterred from the job.
“Before the creation of NAPTIP, we collaborated with the police anytime we arrest traffickers, we do necessary documentation and hand them over to the police.
” So, your agency been doing their job, as well as the Director General, is a very vibrate woman trying to eradicate trafficking, in Nigeria,” he said.