Community leaders and residents of Alimosho and Igando-Ikotun local councils have called on the government to create employment for youths to solve the problem of trafficking and forced migration in Nigeria.
Expressing worry over the increase in trafficking and illegal migration of women and girls, the group said more job creation for youth could bring a lasting solution to trafficking.
They made the call at a town hall meeting and community awareness programme on trafficking of women and girls in Ikotun organised by CLEEN Foundation in partnership with the United Nations Women Nigeria and the Government of Italy, as part of efforts to seek community-based solutions to address the trend in the country.
“When they initiate agricultural loans, it won’t get to the grassroots, it will hang up there. Nobody has been able to access the agricultural loan been created for farmers. All the empowerment they said they are doing, doling out N5, 000 and N30, 000 will not help the situation. I will also advise the youths not to look for white-collar jobs. I am a farmer by profession, I rear goats and turkey. There are a lot of youths can do if supported by the government,” they said.
Also, the Programme Manager, CLEEN Foundation, Ruth Olofin, explained that the local council has been a source location for traffickers due to its large population and poor socio-economic status of residents.
“We have noticed that Alimosho, being the largest local government, has become a trafficking site. Recruitment is ongoing, and it is a source location for traffickers in Nigeria. A lot of people are being trafficked out of Lagos from this area,” she said.
Meanwhile, the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Lagos Zonal Commander, Agaran Ganiu Alao, noted that traffickers risk a minimum of five years and a maximum of 30 years in prison when convicted.
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