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ASUU lauds Obaseki for Ekpoma roads reconstruction


Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU) chapter, has commended the developmental strides of Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, especially on the reconstruction of roads in the university town of Ekpoma in Esan West Council.

A statement issued by the chairman, Dr. Monday Igbafen, and secretary, Dr. Anthony Aizebioje-Coker, yesterday described the projects as “decisive intervention”.

Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Anti-Human Trafficking Issues, Solomon Okoduwa, has tasked parents to take the education of their wards seriously.

Okoduwa spoke during the ongoing school-to-school campaign against human trafficking and irregular migration, where books and other educational materials were presented to students of Our Lady of Lourdes Girls Grammar School in Uromi.

The materials were sponsored by John Inegbedion and Joseph Ikpea.

Inegbedion is All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Edo Central, while Ikpea is the party’s House of Representatives candidate for Esan South-East and Esan North-East.

While commending the state government for being sensitive to the plight of the residents of Ekpoma, the union called for the sustenance of the present momentum in the rehabilitation of roads in the university town.

According to Okoduwa, traffickers now target persons between the ages 14 and 17 years to lure them with greener pastures overseas, adding that the dangers involved in irregular migration is uncountable.

“There are cases when parents also mislead their children or wards to engage in negative activities such as allowing them to be trafficked abroad because of perceived benefits or selfish gains,” he said.

The governor’s aide, however, urged teachers in the state to complement the efforts of Governor Obaseki in the area of providing training and capacity for students’ development.

“Teachers are role models and they should key into Governor Godwin Obaseki’s advocacy against human trafficking and irregular migration by ensuring that the students are not deceived.”

Okoduwa, who frowned at irregular migration through the desert and the Mediterranean, said: “In most cases, they blame poverty for involving in irregular migration. Some say they want their children to lift their families out of the shackles of poverty. But ask them why they didn’t embark on the trip to Europe when they were young?” he added.

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