On Wednesday 23rd Sept, 2020 the Enugu State Task Force on Human Trafficking was inaugurated by the Executive Governor of the State, Rt Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Gburugburu 1.
The Director-General NAPTIP Dame Julie Okah-Donli, in her speech thanked the Governor for his sustained support and collaboration with NAPTIP in the realization of its mandates. She further lauded the Governor for his developmental strides since his assumption as Governor of the State.
The Director General further gave an overview of NAPTIP. She explained how the Agency is the Federal Government’s response to the fight against this deadly menace. She also spoke on the Agency’s drive towards fighting Human Trafficking, Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
The Director General prayed for more support from the State Government and requested a Shelter that will serve the Enugu Zonal Command of the Agency.
The Director General also thanked the UK Home Office and the International Organization for Migration for sponsoring this project.
In his response, the Governor warmly welcomed the Director General and her team as well as the Representative of the Chief of Mission, I.O.M, Miss Ruth Mbugwa. He expressed how Human Trafficking has become a deadly crime that needs to be stopped.
The Governor said Enugu state was among the first to pass the Child Rights Law of 2016. He said better must be done to eliminate child trafficking. He called for greater synergy so as to help victims of Human Trafficking.
He congratulated the Director General for this bold move and prayed to foster more effective collaboration between the State Government and NAPTIP.
There was also a remark from the representative of the IOM Chief of Mission, Miss Ruth Mbugwa who outlined the efforts of the Mission in providing support and assistance to voluntary returnees as well as empowerment. She assured the newly inaugurated task force of support. The inauguration was followed immediately by the training of members of the task force.