On Tuesday 8th September 2020, the Lagos State Task Force on Human Trafficking was inaugurated by His Excellency The Executive Governor of the State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the State House, Alausa Ikeja.
The Director-General in her speech started by thanking His Excellency for the opportunity to meet with him and the members of his cabinet to strengthen the joint efforts stemming the tide of the twin evils of Human Trafficking and irregular migration in Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole.
The Director General commended the Lagos State Governor on his giant developmental strides since his assumption of office as Governor of Lagos State and his consistent support of the front line health workers in safeguarding the lives of the State citizens while curtailing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dame Julie Okah-Donli gave an overview of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act, 2003 and its reenactment in 2015. The Director General explained that NAPTIP is the Federal Government’s response to the fight against this deadly menace. She went further to give statistics on the trend of Human Trafficking and irregular migration as it affects Lagos State. The statistics showed that between 2004 to July 2020, a total of 1535 indigenes of Lagos State had been rescued by NAPTIP and her partners.
The Director General ended by expressing her profound gratitude to His Excellency for the warm reception and hospitality extended to her and her team. She also thanked the UK Home Office and the International Organization for Migration for sponsoring this project.
In his response, the Executive Governor urged members of the Task Force to see their appointment as a call to service. He also charged the members of the Task Force to come up with brilliant ideas and policies that will assist the Government in curbing the menace as this initiative of having a Task Force has come at the right time as human dignity and their rights are put at the forefront.