Saturday, 3 February 2018

Obaseki seeks Buhari’s help to end human trafficking, irregular migration

EDO State governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Friday said that he was at the Presidential Villa to seek President Muhammadu Buhari’s assistance towards ending the menace of human trafficking and modern slavery involving indigenes of the state.

He spoke with State House journalists after meeting with President Buhari at the State House.
He said “I have not seen the President officially since I became the governor of Edo State, so I came to pay him a proper visit and to pledge our support particularly since he got back home from his medical leave and the son’s accident. I used the opportunity to facilitate with him and to wish him well.

“I discussed two critical issues that bother us in Edo. One, is the issue of human trafficking and irregular migration.

As you know, it is a problem with Edo which we have accepted and we have rolled out our strategies to deal with them and we want to work with the Federal Government and other agencies of government to end this scourge of human trafficking and modern slavery.

It is against the ethos of humanity for us to accept what is going on with our young people today.
“So, I came to see the President to explain what we are doing in Edo State and to solicit for more federal support for our actions.” Speaking on some returnees expressing dissatisfaction with the stipend given to them, he said: “That is part of the challenge. The issues are very complex.

The first set that were brought back by International Organization for Migration (IOM) were given stipend but nothing was given to the last set of returnees that were repatriated and they were a bit agitated.

“What we have done in Edo is that to help returnees settle down and reintegrated back to their families. We gave them stipend for three months. So what we have done this time around is to bring them to Benin City and then give them first stipend to go back home and then be able to attend the skill acquisition centers which we have set up to train them.” he said Asked if he has got refund for what he spent on the bad portion of Benin Auchi road, he said: “We did not spend a lot of money but fortunately the federal government has responded to the issue of the road.

“As I speak now, the minister for works is expecting what has been done on the road and for those who have the benefit of using that road in the past three months, you will acknowledge the Federal Government has done quite good remedial work and we hope to that with the funds that have been released to pay the contractors that they will now begin proper work.”

he said He, however, denied allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party in the state that he has stopped ongoing roads construction in Ekpoma, headquarters of Esan West Local Government Area. Obaseki who described the allegations of the PDP as a barefaced lie assured that the road which was awarded by his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, would be completed within the stipulated time.
The state Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, had at a meeting with PDP leaders and supporters in Ekpoma, had said Governor Obaseki stopped the road construction after discovering that the contract was inflated. Obaseki who spoke through his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the claim by the PDP was untrue. “The Ekpoma Market road project is ongoing.

The Edo PDP’s circus in parts of the state is trying hard to force lies down the throats of Edo people and their heaps of lies are crashing as they depart one venue for another. “Edo PDP members are hunted by their own shadows.

They are experts in abandoning and commissioning uncompleted and white elephant projects. So they also think that other administrations would be as irresponsible like them. “Edo people know who Governor Godwin Obaseki is and know he is too serious to play the brand of dubious politics the Edo PDP is notorious for.”

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