Betsy Obaseki: Edo to reduce human trafficking, irregular migration through sport

The wife of the Edo State Governor, Betsy Obaseki, has said that the state will use sporting activities to address the scourge of irregular migration among the girl-child.

Mrs Obaseki said this in Benin on Thursday during the official logo unveiling of Besty Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT) 2021.

She said that the tournament slated for September 26 to 3rd of October 2021, with 12 teams participating, would attract girls from across the state and expose them to professionals in football.

She said before governor Godwin Obaseki assumed office, Edo occupied the first position on the world map of human trafficking and irregular migration but with the intervention of Besty angel’s shelter initiatives, “Edo lady mechanic” and “Edojob” among others, the scourge has reduced.

“The government, in collaboration with international agencies, has been equipping young boys and girls with skills to give them hope and confidence that they can make it here and earn a decent living.”

According to her, sports is youth-friendly, saying; “it’s very easy to get youth interested in sports, especially now with the female football league.

“We are doing today’s unveiling to assure our young girls that they have another opportunity to actualize their dreams and make a good living as well as a name.”

Also speaking, Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, commended the initiatives geared toward eradicating the menace and violence against the girl-child.

Shaibu said the state government’s target is to remove Edo from the world map in terms of human trafficking and irregular migration.

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