We’ll ramp up efforts to curb child trafficking: Plateau Govt.
Plateau government says it will shore up efforts to check the increasing trend of child trafficking in the state.
The Plateau commissioner for information and communication, Musa Ashoms, said this at a press briefing at the end of the state executive council meeting presided over by Gov. Caleb Mutfwang on Tuesday in Jos.
Mr Ashoms said that the commitment was sequel to reports that described Plateau as a ‘point of source for domestic servitude’.
He said that the council resolved to strengthen relevant government agencies to perform their constitutional duties of checking the menace.
“There was a documentary in Ebonyi which stated that 40 per cent of those who were trafficked these days are from Plateau.
“We are putting in mechanisms to check all of these issues to stop this trend.
“So, we are going to do a lot of sensitisation, we are going to meet gatekeepers, village heads, kings, and then community leaders and religious bodies.
“So that this menace will be nipped in the bud,” he said.
Mr Ashoms said that the council also deliberated on the influx of commercial motorcyclists into Jos and Bukuru metropolis in spite of the ban on their activities as part of security measures.
“There is a law banning it, so we cannot afford in our own time to continue to have this.
“And, again on tricycles, the law is still intact, that they start at 6:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m.
“So, there is going to be enforcement very soon,” he said.
According to him, the council also appraised their efforts in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people, aimed at strengthening its modalities.
Mr Ashoms said that the council had set up a committee to review the nomenclatures of matched ministries to ensure they reflect modern trends and issues.
He further explained that some ministries such as that of agriculture would be unbundled into ministries of plant and livestock.
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