Anti-Illegal Migration Group Records 1,145 Returnees In Edo
*Commence Screening For Training
By: Patrick Ochoga,
President of a Benin Based Non-Governmental Organization, the Initiatives for Youths Awareness on Migration, Development and Re-Integration, (IYMIDR),Solomon Okoduwa, yesterday disclosed that no fewer than 1,145 returnees from Libya, Russia, Italy and Malaysia all of Edo indigenes was recorded between December 2016 to July, 2017.
Okoduwa, stated this at the commencement of a screening programme into various agricultural training for the returnees in Benin.
He said said the screening was for the approved agricultural training for the returnees in the area of agriculture by the Edo Government, and noted that Gov. Godwin Obaseki is determined to put an end to human trafficking.
To this end, he said the governor has approved incentive for whistle blowers in order to stop activities of agents that are engaged in human trafficking.
“The Governor is determined to put an end to this menace of human trafficking and has graciously approved incentives for those who can exposed activities of the heinous crime against humanity.
“Similarly, he has also expressed his desire to deal with the root cause of this menace by addressing the issue of poverty head on,” he said.
Okoduwa said the approved training programme for the returnees is to improve the economy life of the returnees.
He said the training programme for the returnees which would be done in batches, would see 150 of them been trained in the areas of Poultry, Piggery, Fishery and general crops in the first batch.
“From our records, we already have 1, 145 documented returnees from December 2016 to January 2017, the truth is that we cannot have all of them trained at the same time because more will also joined us.
“It will also interest you to know that Mr Governor has also said the trainees will be given Starter Packs immediately after the training for them to start off immediately.
Danilel Osaro, a Libyan returnee, who was forcefully deported in 2011, however lamented that under the previous administration returnees were trained but unfortunately were not empowered and hoped that Obaseki will fulfilled his pledged to the returnees.
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