IOM, NOA Raise Alarm Over Irregular Migration In Ogun

By Our Correspondent 

The United Nations migration agency, the International Organization on Migration, IOM, and National Orientation Agency (NOA) have called on the government at all levels to create jobs and support entrepreneurship to discourage irregular migration.

The Abeokuta South local government NOA Chief Orientation and Mobilisation Officer,  Mrs Toyin Oluwa made the call in Abeokuta the Ogun State capital at an awareness event organised by the International Organization For Migration in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency NOA Abeokuta South Local Government area of the State. 

According to Mrs Oluwa human trafficking, and sex trafficking is modern-day slavery that needs to be stopped.

Mrs Oluwa who explained that the whole reason for the exercise was to tell people about irregular Migration said with the current statistics, the rate of human trafficking in some local governments in Ogun State presently is becoming alarming.

She said the awareness is to tell residents of the local government about ways to improve access to trusted information sources and promote informed decision-making by sensitizing potential migrants on regular migration options, vulnerabilities to trafficking in persons, and risks associated with irregular migration. 

She said the walk is to create awareness on ways to highlight the opportunities that abound at home, foster social cohesion among migrants and their community members and encourage homegrown initiatives to indigenous problems.

She appealed to the government not to relent in providing a conducive environment for investors to thrive to employ large numbers of Nigerian youths.

She highlighted further the dangers of irregular migration and the need for Government to promote safe migration options among migrants and potential migrants through preventive efforts such as sensitization and awareness creation.

Mrs Oluwa said IOM and NOA will continue to engage in implementing various awareness-raising activities in the local government designed to cause behavioural change among potential migrants and their families and friends.

Apart from the campaign, we have community dialogue facilitators who have been trained to enlighten parents on ways to curb the menace.

These people have been a veritable tool in behavioural communication.

He expressed the continued support of NAPTIP to the IOM in its efforts to curb irregular migration.

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