BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN
As part of measures to control illegal migration, human trafficking and other security challenges in the country, His Royal Majesty, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin has urged course participants of the Institute of Security Studies, Abuja to come up with proposal to the Federal Government on how to control the nation’s porous borders, especially in the North East.
Omo N’Oba who stated this when the staff and students of the institute paid him a courtesy visit in the Palace said the porous border has provided opportunity for human traffickers and aided external aggression against Nigeria and Nigerians.
The Benin Monarch reminded his guests that they have a lot of role to play in the issue of security of the country, pointing out that they should share information on how to tackle the problems posed by cattle herdsmen in Nigeria.
Oba of Benin said the Palace has been concerned about human trafficking, even as an Ambassador in Italy adding that it assumed worrisome dimension in recent times, hence the intervention by the Palace.
His Royal Majesty informed his visitors that the Palace in conjunction with the State Government have been trying to rehabilitate the returnees, and expressed hope that the victims would settle down to do legitimate business to assist themselves.
The Omo N’Oba said the lack of job at home was not enough reason for someone to subject him or herself to modern day slavery in the form of human trafficking, saying that it would have been better if they take interest in agriculture which has the capacity to create job and wealth.
His Royal Majesty assured that the Palace would continue to assist the returnees to get on with their lives.
Earlier, the Directing Staff and Syndicate Supervisor of the Institute of Security Studies, Abuja, Mrs. Angela Oleseni said the 57 course participants from 21 different agencies decided to choose Benin City, Edo State for their state study tour because of the rich cultural heritage of Benin Kingdom, which has not been broken for the past 800 years.
Mrs. Oleseni said they are in the Palace for Royal blessings and to also hear from His Royal Majesty how he has been able to stem the tide of human trafficking, which according to her was in line with the objectives of the institute.