Edo Govt ready to empower more returnees, says Okoduwa

Edo Govt ready to empower more returnees, says Okoduwa

•Urhoghide commended for collaborating with govt……..By Noble Sunday

The Senior Special Assistant to Edo State Governor on Anti Human Trafficking Issues, Solomon Okoduwa says the state government is committed to the welfare and reintegration of returned migrants.

Okoduwa was speaking shortly after one of the programmes initiated by Senator Matthew Urhoghide to compliment the effort of Edo state government in ending hunger and youth restiveness in the state.

The governor’s aide also commended the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for putting up a programme to support the Edo extraction of Libya returnees who were recently received by Edo state government.

Okoduwa said one of the ways the government is empowering the returnees include raising ambassadors who are telling others the dangers of irregular migration and the benefits of getting engaged back at home.

“The governor has also advised some embassies in Nigeria to reduce their stringent requirement to enable seeking visa to get it as a way of minimizing the desperation of migrating illegally, he stated.

The migration expert said Governor Godwin Obaseki is a proactive governor who is addressing the root causes of irregular migration and human trafficking by providing long and lasting solution to end the menace.”

It would be recalled that the Office of Senator Matthew Urhoghide, in consultation with Edo State Government and in conjunction with the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs started the training of some documented Libyan Returnees in Fishery and Poultry Farming.

Okoduwa said the first batch from the 96 participants who were drawn by the Edo State Government from its database were notified through telephone to present themselves at the Polytechnic Ibadan on Monday April 15, 2019 for commencement of the training.

“Consultant to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs for the training, Messrs Scotchville Consortium Limited will pay participants transportation costs to and from Ibadan; pay their hotel accommodation, pay for feeding, give them N3,000 each everyday of the two-week long training and give each participant the sum of N300,000 at close of training session to enable them start their own businesses, he added.

Meanwhile, he noted that 60 persons have also been notified to participate in poultry training which will come up soon, making a total of 120 participants.

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