The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has pledged to support the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in ending human trafficking in the state.
This was disclosed on Tuesday in a statement signed by the assistant Head, Press and Public Relations Unit NAPTIP, Vincent Adekoye in Abuja.
Governor Ganduje showed his support, while receiving NAPTIP management in Kano, ahead of the inauguration of the state task force against trafficking.
Ganduje said human trafficking is rampant in the state due to its status as an emerging business hub, coupled with other developments like road, rail line and others.
“We welcome the idea of the state task force on human trafficking. We shall partner with your agency and the task force will be given the desired support.
“The previous management of NAPTIP had narrowed their approach to issues of human trafficking alone.
”It is commendable you have identified other societal problems and you are ready to tackle them,” Ganduje said.
He also commended Director-General of NAPTIP, Sen. Basheer Mohammed, for being zealous, committed and innovative.
In his response, the NAPTIP boss said the duty of the task force was to secure support of critical stakeholders and other partners in the fight against the human trafficking act and other social vices in Nigeria.
Mohammed revealed that Kano state was highly prevalent based on the statistics available to the anti-trafficking agency in the area of victims rescue, arrest and prosecution of offenders.
“The problem of human trafficking and irregular migration have become national and international concern.
“A large number of Nigerians are trapped in sexual and labour exploitation in various African and European countries.
“Hundreds have continued to die in transit along the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean Sea. In 2020, reports emerged about human farms in parts of Libya where black African migrants are allegedly kept in cages like animals.
“Organs like eyes, kidneys and lungs are harvested to service the medical needs of Europe. From inception to date, NAPTIP has rescued a total of 16, 277 victims of human trafficking,” he said.
According to him, 1,287 of the 14,474 trafficked hail from Kano state.
”NAPTIP vulnerability index analysis showed that human trafficking is endemic in Kano .
“In the same vein, out of the total of 482 convicted persons by the agency from inception, 110 are from Kano zonal command of NAPTIP, representing the highest in the country.
“NAPTIP is worried over this ugly trend of the trafficking of young Nigerian women to the Middle East, who are mostly from Kano and neighboring States. In the last 10 days, NAPTIP has successfully rescued 104 victims.
“The Kano command in the last two months successfully rescued another set of 12 Kano indigenes in Agadez, Niger Republic, who were victims of child labour,” Mohammed said.
He added that the 12 Kano indigenes had been successfully rehabilitated and re-united with their families in Kano.
The agency’s DG said collaborating with the state government will help strengthen the war against the menace and bring an end to it, noting that the challenges facing the agency were quite enormous.
Mohammed further said that initiatives like bigger and adequately equipped shelters, vocational training facilities, empowerment programmes and scholarships must be put in place for the rehabilitation of rescued human trafficking victims.