Lawmaker empowers victims of child-trafficking
By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki
The member representing Ikwo/Ezza Federal Constituency, Ebonyi State, in the House of Representatives, Comrade Chinedu Ogah, has rescued no fewer than 17 persons who were trafficked to Ogun State for menial jobs and prostitution.
The trafficked teenage victims were from different villages in Ikwo and Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
While handing over the trafficked victims to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the lawmaker, Comrade Ogah, stated that they were lured and trafficked from various villages in Ikwo and Ezza South Local Government Area to Agbala in Ogun State where the used them for hucking, prostitution, peddling of drugs.
Ogah has however given scholarships to some of them who indicated interest to go to school, while others were also integrated for skill acquisition free of charge.
The lawmaker also presented an undisclosed amount of money to the victims for their sustainance and promised that all those involved in the trafficking of the teenagers would not go unpunished.
“I got the news of child trafficking of Ebonyians in Ogun State, and when I learned of it, I alerted the Ikwo Town Union in Lagos State. They abandoned their businesses and mobilized to Ogun State which the spent up to two weeks to locate the children.
“These children are from Ikwo, Ezza South, and other parts of Ebonyi State. Based on the foundation that the governor has laid, it is our duty to contribute our quota to make sure we care for the welfare of our people.
“I am here to handover the children to the Honorable Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development and we are assuring to train any of them that wants to learn skills or go to school from primary to university level. They are 17 in number including a woman that is harbouring them.
“We are going to rehabilitate them for brighter future.”
Responding, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Chinwe Okah, appreciated the lawmaker for displaying a high sense of commitment and responsibility to locate the trafficked teenagers and brought them back to the state for rehabilitation and integration with their families.
She assured that the ministry would ensure the welfare of the children.