Dabiri-Erewa visits stranded Nigerian girls in Ghana, calls for war against human trafficking

Adebisi Aikulola
Adebisi Aikulola
L-R: Hon Amara Iwuanyanwu, Amb, Ifedayo Adeoye, Abike Dabiro Erewa, IkeChinyere Ugwu and Chukwudi Ijenetu

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has condemned, in strong terms, modern day slavery (human trafficking), following the intervention on 10 Nigerian girls trafficked to Ghana for prostitution, under the guise of  “sales girls. “

Dabiri-Erewa stated this when she visited Ghana to address the  rescue of Nigerian girls trafficked to that country, as she commended the Chairman BOT of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation , Ghana, Chief Calistus Elozieuwa and his team.

Also present in Ghana were the representatives of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodima, represented by the Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Amara Iwuanyanwu, and the Commissioner for Women Affairs of Imo State, Mrs. Nkechinyere Ugwu.

The Eze Igbo of Ghana, Chukwudi Ihenetu and Chief Calistus Elozieuewa, Chairman BOT, Ghana and the NIDO Team were also present. The team were received by the Acting Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana , Amb Adeoye Ifedayo.

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa emphasized the need for a permanent solution to eradicate human trafficking in Nigeria, adding, “We must declare a war against human traffickers.”

She urged parents to always question the whereabouts of their children when taken away by relatives or friends and encouraged collective efforts to ensure traffickers are named and arrested.

The NiDCOM boss further mentioned that the rescued girls would be handed over to NAPTIP, who would in turn hand them over to their various states for total counselling and rehabilitation.

The acting Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Amb. Adeoye Ifedayo, commended the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO) in Ghana and stressed the need to do everything to put a stop to human trafficking.

Meanwhile, the representative of the Imo State Governor, Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker, Hon. Amara Iwuanyanwu, reiterated the government’s commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of the rescued girls.

Also, the Plateau State Governor, represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs, pledged to cater to the welfare and full rehabilitation of the stranded girls.

The delegation also met with the high echelon of the Ghanaian Police, who pledged total cooperation in the war against human trafficking.

The entire team later met with the girls, who were in high spirits and looked forward to returning home.

Recall that the news of the situation of the girls went viral after being intercepted by the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) in Ghana, which promptly alerted NIDCOM, leading to the swift intervention.

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