Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State, said his administration’s job creation measures and entrepreneurship programs have aided in combating the state’s issue of illegal migration and human trafficking among youths.
On Monday, Obaseki told journalists in Benin City that his administration would continue to work to ensure that Edo youngsters were appropriately equipped to live life to the fullest.
The governor boasted about his administration’s achievements in combating human trafficking and illegal migration, emphasizing that the government had pinpointed the problem’s core roots.
Prior to 2015, he claims, Edo State’s image was negative and associated with human trafficking, with Benin City being known as the capital of prostitution.
Obaseki stated, “For every boat that capsized, there was one Edo person there and every Edo girl that tried to travel was a suspect. Edo had about 30,000 of its citizens in Libya trying to cross to Europe.
“Our young people were in a hurry to leave the country and it became a problem for my administration in restoring the hope of Edo youths.
“Lack of job increased the problem of human trafficking. So, while campaigning, I did what most politicians would not do; I campaigned with job creation, promising to create 200,000 jobs. Five years running now, we have done well in terms of job creation for Edo people.
“For any community to be great, the young people must be very hopeful. Edo produced some best-quality manpower; there are more hopes. We will continue to invest in the state’s skills development agency, Edojobs, and attract more investors into the state to develop Edo.”
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