Friday, 31 July 2015

Ezeemo Attributes greed, discontentment to causes of human trafficking




By News48hrs.com
 
A frontline philanthropist and Publisher’s of Orient Daily newspaper, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo has attributed the global increase in human trafficking to discontentment and greed noticeable among the 21st century youths.
 
Mr. Ezeemo, who spoke at the 2015 commemoration of the world trafficking day held at Awka, by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), in collaboration with Integrated Anti-Human Trafficking and Community Development Initiative (INTACOM Africa)[post_ad] and the Media charged the younger generation to be hardworking and focus because according to him, there is no short-cut to success.
 
The Anambra State leader of Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), represented at the occasion by Joy Mbachu also enjoined Nigerians to shun materialism and get-rich quick syndrome, and persistently work towards development of their skills and talents as God would surely bless the dignity of their labours in the country in due time.
 
He however, tasked parents to copiously checkmate the activities of their children with a view to preventing them from crimes or vices, even as he noted that proper home upbringing would discourage people from emulating the flashing of ill-gotten wealth by few wealthy individuals.
 
Also speaking, the Head of Mass Communication Department, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Prof. Stella Okunna called on the federal government to adopt multi-media approach in creating awareness against human traffickers, even as she vehemently advocated for severe punishment for human traffickers, illegal migrant, the pregnant and the impregnators to serve as deterrence to any intending criminals.
In a keynote address, the commander of NAPTIP, Enugu zonal Command, Nkiruka Michael, while positing that one of the most serious violations of human rights in our society today was human trafficking, added that the phenomenon has clandestine to a modern day slavery “where human being are being taken far away location for exploitative economic gain”.
 
Nkiruka further maintained that Federal Government, having recognized the danger it signifies, setup NAPTIP, as a paramilitary and law enforcement agency to eliminate and suppress the scourge of Trafficking In Persons and child labour.
 
On her part, the senior legal Officer of NAPTIP, Enugu Zonal Command,  Nneoma Wokemba, while disclosing the effectiveness of TIP Act 2015as amended, noted that it defines “Trafficking or traffic in person” as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercive, abduction, fraud, deception, the abuse of power of a position of vulnerability or the giving or receiving of payments or benefit to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person or debt bondage for the purpose of placing or holding the person whether for or not in involuntary servitude (domestic, sexual or reproduction) in forced or bonded labour, or in slavery-like conditions, the removal of organs or generally for exploitative purpose”. 
 
Earlier unveiling the readiness of her NGO to combat the dreadful anti-freedom called human trafficking, the Director and Founder of Integrated Anti-Human Trafficking and Community Development Initiative, INTACOM Africa, Okoye Hope Nkiruka insisted that the rate at which illegal migrants risked their lives seeking for greener pasture oversees despite that the country was blessed with abundance human and material resources was condemnable, and enjoined all hands to be on deck to forestalling the menace.
 
The theme of the event was Media and TIP Law as Effective Instrument in Combating Human Trafficking In Nigeria.


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