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Immigration boss lauds Obaseki’s anti-human trafficking campaign

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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki (left) and Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, during the gala night organised as part of the Comptroller-General Conference 2019 in Benin City.


The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has commended the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, for his administration’s commitment to halt human trafficking in the state.

He gave the commendation at the gala night organised as part of the 2019 Comptroller-General Conference in Benin City.Babandede, who expressed appreciation to the Edo State Government and Edo people for their hospitality, said the conference held in the state was the best edition so far.

“We have enjoyed ourselves best in Edo State. The Comptroller-General Conference 2019 is the best ever held. Edo is doing well in terms of tackling human trafficking,” he said. He urged other Federal Government agencies working to curb the incidence of human trafficking to collaborate and work with the Obaseki-led administration because the government is willing, able and capable in fighting the scourge head-on.

The NIS boss said he would work as an ambassador to support the commitment of the state in combating human trafficking and crimes. According to him, Edo State plays a critical role in Nigeria, especially as it leads the fight against human trafficking.“In each case of human trafficking, there is always a weak link from immigration service but as we close the conference, we all have made commitment to close the border against human trafficking. We are ready as law enforcement officers to protect our borders.”

Obaseki, who thanked the NIS for choosing Edo for the conference, commended the agency for collaborating with the state in tackling the human trafficking scourge.He added that Edo people are enterprising and they have dominated their environment for 600 years as no Edo man has ever been sold into slavery.

“While campaigning, I discovered that human trafficking is one subject that no one wants to discuss because it has become a business that sustains many families. I knew it was not right and decided to speak up, never denying its existence but to fight the scourge head-on.“I made a commitment that by the end of my first tenure in office, I would have reduced trafficking by 50 per cent and by the time I leave office, trafficking would have been totally eradicated.

“You are one agency that has caught up with the trend and used technology to control our borders. You have done well and I promise to continually collaborate with you and ensure trafficking is completely eradicated in Edo State,” the governor said.Obaseki said the choice of Edo State for the conference was apt as it was hosting the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST), which availed the NIS officers the opportunity to see Nigeria’s unity in diversity.“Edo is all about culture, hospitality and tourism. We will continue to promote Edo culture all around the world. I commend the organisers of the conference, NIS and Edo State Government, for putting up a good show,” he added.


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