THE BENIN MONARCH SETS UP A “ROYAL PALACE TASK FORCE AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING’

THE BENIN MONARCH SETS UP A “ROYAL PALACE TASK FORCE AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING’

Following the visit of the Swedish ambassador to Nigeria His Royal Majesty, OMO N’OBA N’EDO, UKU AKPOLOKPOLO, EWUARE II, the Oba of Benin has set up a task force for fighting human trafficking and irregular migration.

A meeting was held in Benin between the Swedish ambassador, His Excellency Michael Carl Grans, the executive office of the Oba Ewuare II foundation Mrs Ifueko Aideyan Okoro, executive members’ of the National agency for the prohibition of trafficking in persons (NAPTIP) and some palace representatives.

It was a very intensive meeting that involved ruling drastic measures and designing strategic methods to fighting human trafficking and irregular migration, Mrs. Ifueko Aideyan Okoro gave the team a run down on the progress made so far by the Oba Ewuare II foundation and also asked for a strong collaboration between all parties present as most of the foundation’s major projects is been funded by His Majesty the Oba of the Benin although some national and international donors also assist through grants donations.

The foundation which ran a skill acquisition training in 2019 and also gave out monthly stipends to the Libya returnees and to also some of the victims of human trafficking and irregular migration.

“we’ve organized workshops subsequently to train these people, some have been able to grow up things for themselves with the stipends the foundation gave them”

Although there is little the foundation can do by itself hence the need for a collaboration between all parties present.

His excellency Michael Carl Grans the Swedish ambassador was very pleased to be part of the frontiers in the fight against human trafficking and irregular migration, he gave accounts of how the embassy gave out scholarship grants to some Nigerian students although they declined the offer he however pleaded for a sensitization to the Benin people about studying opportunities that present itself in Sweden.

Mrs. Ifueko Aideyan Okoro however responded to the ambassador’s observation with a shock and promised to do a proper research as to why anyone will decline such a juicy offer, on the other hand she suggested a synergy between Nigeria citizens in Sweden to always pay a visit back home to help also in the fight and also learn more about their cultural heritage.

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