EU lauds Obaseki over il­le­gal mi­gra­tion

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The Euro­pean Union Am­bas­sador to Nige­ria and the Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity of West African States, Mr Ketil Karlsen, has com­mended the ef­forts of the Edo State gov­ern­ment in stem­ming hu­man traf­fick­ing.

The com­men­da­tion came as a re­sult of a drop from first to sixth po­si­tion on the list of orig­i­nat­ing sources of il­le­gal mi­grants to Europe.

Karlsen, who gave the com­men­da­tion while in­spect­ing dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in Benin City where mi­grant re­turnees would be shel­tered and trained, said, “It is en­cour­ag­ing to see many ac­tiv­i­ties geared to­wards ad­dress­ing ir­reg­u­lar mi­gra­tion tak­ing place in the state. This is my third visit to Edo State and it will not be the last be­cause, for us, Edo is a strate­gic place to work in. I must say this is a model for en­gage­ment, where we build on lo­cal and state gov­ern­ment’s lead­er­ship.”

Also, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Lift Above Poverty Or­gan­i­sa­tion Mi­cro Fi­nance Bank, Dr God­win Ehi­gia­mu­soe, said the re­turnees needed em­pow­er­ment to be fully in­te­grated into the so­ci­ety.

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