The Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) Kwara State Chapter, has expressed readiness to synergize with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in a bid to halt the criminal practice of human trafficking and other forms of child abuse, using adequate information and awareness as a good platform.
The NACTAL Coordinator, Mr. Oyedeji Olufemi disclosed when the network paid an advocacy visit to the office of the State Director, National Orientation Agency Mr. Olusegun Adeyemi in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.
Mr Oyedeji said the network has identified NOA as a major stakeholder in the state and this necessitate the advocacy visit to the agency so as to collectively nip the menace in the bud.
The NACTAL Coordinator added that the network had concluded arrangement to partner with NOA particularly in driving its awareness program on human trafficking in the state, adding that the agency’s presence in all the 16 LGAs of the State and her mandate to mobilize and disseminate information about government activities to the people will be an added advantage.
The NACTAL Coordinator therefore called for the rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficking victims like the recent case of OmololaAjayi that was rescued by the state government.
He said the network was ready to render support to the government in that respec in order to protect the society against trafficking.
Mr. Oyedeji thanked the agency for receiving the team and for showing its readiness to partner with NACTAL in the fight against human trafficking.
In his comment, the NOA boss, Mr Olusegun Adeyemi who was represented at the visit by Deputy State Director, Mr. Lukas Ige, expressed the agency’s interest in collaborating with NACTAL in the fight against human trafficking in the state.
Mr Ige promised that the staff of the agency would always be present in all NACTAL activities in the state.
He disclosed that the agency was already in touch with wife of the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mrs. Olufolake Abdulrazaq on human trafficking issue and promised that the agency will carry NACTAL along in the scheme of things.
The following NACTAL members were in attendance: Mr Oyedeji Olufemi of Save the Future of Children Initiative (SAFIN); Ojo Stephen of Welfare for Children and Teenagers Initiative (WECTIN);
Adewuyi Mojoyin of Olive Community Development Initiative (OCDI); Banjo Famuyiwa of Playsafe Foundation; Alhaja Oladimeji Bilqees of Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN);
Peter Babalola of Bazarab Educational Foundation; and Funmi Aregbesola of Save the Future of Children Initiative (SAFIN).
Highlights of the event included the presentation of NACTAL dairy and notebook to the NOA by the NACTAL Coordinator while the Deputy Director also presented the agency’s newsletter to NACTAL coordinator.