The president of Nigeria 8th senate Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has expressed that Nigeria senate will collaborate with stakeholders involved to tackle the menace of human trafficking.
Dr. Saraki made the remark during the Senate Roundtable on Migration and Human Trafficking in Benin City, on Monday.
In his address, Saraki said: “Nigeria currently ranks 23 on the Global Slavery Index of 167 countries with the highest number of slaves. Human trafficking is third in the ignoble hierarchy of the commonly occurring crimes in Nigeria, according to UNESCO.
“We are losing sleep over irregular migration and human trafficking; and we are determined, as representatives of the people, to do something about it,” he said.
He lamented that Nigeria has lost too many young people – who have died in the desert and in the sea – on the unpredictable treks who otherwise would have led productive lives in their home country.
“We have seen the bleak images of coffins of 26 Nigerian girls who were laid to rest in Italy last November. This is what brings us today to ancient Benin. The trafficking of young males has overtaken females in this state for the first time, and now stands at 63 per cent,” he said. “I thank Governor Obaseki for his determined leadership in the face of the crisis, and for being our gracious host for this Roundtable.”
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki in his remarks commended Saraki and the Senate for the initiative of holding the sensitization session in the Edo State, and said that the state will continue to fund programmes aimed at protection, prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficked victims.
The EU Ambassador to Nigeria and U.K. Deputy High Commissioner pledged to support efforts of relevant stakeholders aimed at eradicating the menace.
“It is wonderful to see democracy in action, with this lively discussion here. Many European countries can learn from this, said Kettil Karisen – the EU Ambassador to Nigeria during the panel discussion of the subject.