Edo state government is seeking the support of the Federal government in tackling the problem of illegal migration by its citizens to foreign lands.
The state governor, Godwin Obaseki disclosed this to state house correspondents, after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“One of the issues we discussed is that of human trafficking and illegal migration, which is a problem with Edo and we have accepted that and we have rolled out our strategies to deal with it. We want to work with the federal government and other agencies to end the scourge of human trafficking and modern slavery,” he said.
The Governor said the State received a pledge of support from President Buhari.
“The President did give us the assurance that the federal government will support us and work with us in the areas of human trafficking and also in the area of the Benin River Port,”The Governor stated.
The Governor, who said his administration has a plan in place to rehabilitate and reintegrate returnee illegal migrants, also said he received a pledge of support from the Federal government.
“We did not spend a lot of money but fortunately the federal government has responded to the issue of the Benin-Auchi federal road. As I speak, the Minister of Works is now there inspecting the progress of that work, for those who have travelled on that road recently will see that the federal government has done something quite remarkable on that road,” he said.
Governor Obaseki thanked President Buhari for the attention he is giving the Benin-Auchi road.