Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation has trained staff at the state level, local government areas and its local council development areas in curbing the spread of Human Trafficking.
At the One-Day Conference which was held at Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr.Mrs. Lola Akande said it was timely and aimed at finding permanent solution to human trafficking. Her words “Human trafficking is an ugly trend which debases our citizens especially the young people and women, which constitutes a risk to our security at large”, she said.
“Lagos state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation embarked on mass empowerment of women to alleviate poverty, one of the main causes of human trafficking”, she said.
The training according to the Resource person and Representative, Zonal Commander, Lagos Command, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Mrs Kehinde Akomolafe is only a start-off for other programmes to be organised at the grassroots in all the local government areas. Beyond this training, Akomolafe said participants are expected to train others in their local areas. “It is a sort of Train-the-Trainers; it will still be replicated in all the local government areas. In NAPTIP, we believe that sensitization is key as a tool for preventing human trafficking. The training will be replicated in all the local government areas”, she concluded.