Youth group launches campaign against human trafficking, drug abuse

National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), in collaboration with the Michelles Youth Initiative for Sustainable Development (MYISD), has concluded plans to kick off nationwide campaign against human trafficking, illegal migration and drug abuse.
Spearheading the rally which is slated to begin next week, the Coordinator MYISD, Michelle Peter, lamented that many youth still fall prey to traffickers who disguise as family members.
She said the rally will be followed by a sensitisation workshop where participants will be able to interact with some Libya returnees who will share their experiences to enlighten other youths against seeking greener pastures abroad.
According to her, drugs and irregular migration is still ongoing, saying the rally/workshop became necessary after observing that many young people are still ignorant of the dangers seeking better jobs outside the shores of the country.
She maintained that government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility of ensuring that the youth population is on the right path, stressing the importance of providing an enabling environment for them to thrive.
“We got to know that many youths are still ignorant and are unaware of the dangers of migrating so this programme is basically to enlighten them.
“Youths must take their destinies into their hands, we have been waiting for leaders to direct us but things are not working as expected so it is our responsibility to guide them arightaright,” she said.
The Coordinator disclosed further that the workshop will focus on talent discovery, saying the over dependence on government for jobs is why unemployment among youths is still high.
“What we are trying to do is to imbibe entrepreneurial spirit in the youths and they will benefit a lot because it will be an all educating experience as we are bringing onboard experts from various fields,” she added.
Among prominent organizations and individuals to attend the workshop is NAPTIP, the Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , Mohammed Babandede, Chief Chike Udensi, State Governors, the Canadian and British Embassies, the EU and other notable individuals.

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