JDPC IBADAN HOLDS STAKEHOLDERS CONFERENCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
JDPC IBADAN HOLDS A DAY STAKEHOLDERS’ CONFERENCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
Relevant Stakeholders at the forefront of combating human trafficking have been charged towards ensuring the establishment of a true justice system in society. This statement was made by Most Rev Gabriel Abegunrin, the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan during the one day stakeholders' conference on human trafficking in Oyo state organized by Justice Development and Peace Commission, Ibadan. The Archbishop also called on government at all levels to collaborate with NGOs and other individuals fighting against human trafficking in the society as there are external and internal trafficking going on around us.
In his welcome address, the Director of JDPC Ibadan, Fr Jerome Ajakaiye while acknowledging the many challenges faced by stakeholders in the fight against trafficking of persons in our society, also charged them to brace up in their fight against the abuse of humans.
Fr. AJAKAIYE also expressed that the massive turnout to the conference was an indication of the commitment, cooperation and collaboration of stakeholders towards ending the menace of human trafficking Oyo state.
The Head of Caritas team, JDPC Ibadan, Rev.Sr. Augustina Offor (RSC) while speaking on the reality and the evil of human trafficking walked the participants through JDPC' ideation, research, Campaign awareness and advocacy efforts and involvement in the fight against human trafficking in Oyo state. To aid believability, She presented data to show the current state of human trafficking in Oyo state.
While presenting a key note address on “Strategic Stakeholder Collaboration: a sustainable approach for ending human trafficking in Oyo state” Mrs Oluwaseun Folajuwon Banjo of the Gender based violence response team in oyo state highlighted the types of trafficking, and various ways stakeholders can combat human trafficking with an emphasis on Partnership, funding, awareness creation and inclusive participation.
Participants at the conference were also enlightened on holistic perspective on assisting victim by Dr Oluwakemi Ademola-Aremu, she noted that women and children are majorly the victims of trafficking. She also emphasized on the need to protect Victims of trafficking and to find dignified and sustainable ways of re-integrating rescued victims to the society.
Aremu further called on state and non - state actors to complement each other in the fight against human trafficking.
The Conference served as a platform of interaction among the security agencies and other participants on how they can report cases of human trafficking. It was also an opportunity for partnership and collaboration with organized groups. Participants also had an interactive session to share their field experience; gaps challenges and way forward.
The stakeholders conference was well attended by various Security agencies, the traditional and religion leaders, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Person (NAPTIP), Civil society Groups and JDPC trainees on human trafficking.