Human trafficking: Obaseki, UK, UN women brainstorm on returnees’ resettlement, empowerment
British Deputy High Commissioner, Ms Laure Beaufils (right) and Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, discuss strategic areas of partnership on the sideline of the Senate Roundtable on Migration and Human Trafficking, held in Benin City.
Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has commenced talks with the British High Commission and the United Nations Women on areas of partnership spanning resettlement of victims of human trafficking and empowerment.
The meetings with the two international bodies in Benin City, the Edo State capital, held on the sideline of the Senate Roundtable on Migration and Human Trafficking.
Obaseki met with the Country Representative, United Nations Women, Comfort Lamptey, with whom he discussed areas of partnership on empowering returnees and stemming the tide of human trafficking.
The talks are expected to lead to partnerships that will see the UN Women engage in programmes to resettle returnees, halt the tide of irregular migration and empower women to lead productive lives without resorting to dangerous journeys outside the country.
Obaseki also had a separate session with British Deputy High Commissioner, Ms Laure Beaufils, to synergise on measures to mitigate human trafficking and initiate novel agriculture programmes.
The efforts are expected to culminate in an inter-agency committee to coordinate the programmes of international agencies in the state.
The state’s effort to stem human trafficking is led by the Edo State Taskforce on Anti-Human Trafficking Illegal Migration.