The government of the State of Osun has pledged its unflinching support for National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
The State of Osun Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Barr. Olubukola Olaboopo, today, disclosed the readiness of the State government to support and collaborate with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons. She said this while addressing the hierarchy of the Agency during a courtesy call to her office. The team was headed by the Zonal Commander of the Osogbo zone of the Agency, Mr. Mustapha.
Mr. Mustapha appreciated the Commissioner for her zeal and passion at ensuring that a stop is put at women and children trafficking in the State. He emphasised that since NAPTIP, Osogbo Zone was established in the state, the Honourable Commissioner is the first Commissioner to be personally involved in the fight against human trafficking and more importantly to hand a victim over.
He further recalled the efforts of the Honourable Commissioner within weeks of assuming office, at rescuing an eight year old girl who was a victim of child trafficking. He mentioned that her passion to protect and assist women and children is contagious, saying that this endeared the hierarchy of the Agency to her, hence, the thought to pay her a courtesy call.
In her response, Barr. Olaboopo welcome the team and specially appreciated the Commander for his courteous nature and high sense of commitment to the mandate of the Agency.
She appealed to them to continue to work in unity so as to fulfil the mandate of the agency. She urged them to shed their light on identified grey zones across the State.
She reiterated the willingness and readiness of the State government to collaborate and work with NAPTIP, she mentioned that some of the challenges identified by NAPTIP would be looked into by the state government.
Present were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women, Children & Social Affairs, Pharm. Ajayi Omolara, the Director, Child Development, Mr. Babajide Falade, members of the state zonal command of NAPTIP.