By Carol V. Utulu
Asaba – Mr Peter Mrakpor, the Delta Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice said that the state government had set up taskforce to check human trafficking and illegal migration in the state.
Mrakpor, who is also the Chairman of the Taskforce, disclosed this on Tuesday in Asaba at the inaugural media briefing of the state taskforce on Anti-Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration.
“The major objective of the taskforce is to carry out a sensitisation programme, to educate the people.
“We want to reach out to every stakeholder, – religious bodies, community leaders and the traditional institutions.
“There is no doubt that this menace is increasing in our state and it is the determination of the government to check it.
“The greatest challenge before the taskforce is changing the mindset of the people, which requires lots of information,” he said.
He expressed concern that the state was increasing in the ranking of states infested with the menace of human trafficking, ranking among the states where human trafficking was rampant.
“As a responsible government, it is our determination to stern this ugly trend and put a stop to the menace.
“This is why we are soliciting the cooperation of the media and all other stakeholders in our society to achieve our objectives.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the taskforce include, Chief Patrick Ukah, the Commissioner for Information and Dr Genevieve Mordi, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Human Trafficking.
Others are representatives from the State Ministry of Women Affairs, the Police, Nigeria Security and civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and DSS.