By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja
A business magnate, Captain Dr. Idahosa Okunbo has described human trafficking as an evil and ungodly act that dehumanizes an individual and negatively impacts on a nation.
Okunbo made the statement when the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah-Donli paid him an advocacy visit at his Abuja Office.
He further decried the high rate of human trafficking in his home state, Edo, which he described as “saddening and promised to be a worthy anti-trafficking ambassador”
Dr Okunbo lamented the lack of adequate support which the Agency is presently facing and called on the Federal Government, institutions and well-meaning Nigerians to rally round NAPTIP in order to ensure that human trafficking is effectively stamped out of Nigeria.
Earlier in her remarks, the Director-General of NAPTIP expressed her appreciation to Captain Okunbo for his philanthropy as well as his efforts at reducing youth unemployment in the country through various business investments in Nigeria.
She informed him of the urgent need to involve the organised private sector and well-meaning Nigerians in the fight against human trafficking, as ‘the fight against trafficking in persons involves the whole of society and whole of government’.
The NAPTIP boss expressed her optimism that with the support of the government on all levels and the organised private sector, NAPTIP will be effectively equipped to combat human trafficking.
She further called on Nigerians to report suspected cases of human trafficking to NAPTIP for proper investigation and possible prosecution.
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