Osun partners NAPTIP to end child trafficking
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
In a bid to tackle child trafficking, the Osun state government has expressed its readiness to support and collaborate with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons, NAPTIP.
Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Barr. Olubukola Olaboopo made this known while addressing the NAPTIP team in her office in Osogbo.
Olaboopo who appealed to them to continue to work in unity so as to fulfil the mandate of the agency, urged them to shed light on identified grey zones across the state.
She commended the team for their courteous nature and high sense of commitment to the mandate of the Agency.
Olaboopo, while reiterating the willingness and readiness of the State government to collaborate and work with NAPTIP, she stressed that some of the challenges identified by NAPTIP would be looked into by the state government.
In his address, the Zonal Commander of the Osogbo zone of the Agency, Mr. S. 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 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 Olaboopo within weeks of assuming office, at rescuing an eight-year-old girl who was a victim of child trafficking.
He noted 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.