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Stop patronising visa lotteries, NAPTIP, NYPF warn Nigerian youth

By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja

The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) and Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF) on Monday advised young Nigerians to desist from investing on visa lotteries.

Director-General of NAPTIP, Mrs Dame Julie Okah-Donli and the NYPF founder, Mr Moses Siasia in separate submissions during one-day international conference on illegal migration and trafficking in persons conference in Abuja, described visa lotteries as scams.

Mrs Julie, who was represented by the Director (Intelligence) Public Enlightenment, Mr Orakwue Arinze attributed patronage of visa lotteries and indulgence of irregular migration to inadequate funding of the educational sector in the country.

“I want state governors to invest more in education. Any child that is out of the umbrella of educational protection can be picked by anybody. There is no visa lottery anywhere; it is a scam. Nigerians should stop investing in it.

“You see that thing called visa lottery, please run away; there is nothing of such. America visa lottery stopped a long time; there is no Canadian visa lottery, it is not in existence. To arrest anyone is not our priority response. The arrest is to educate Nigerians that those things are lies and scams,” Arinze said.

He admonished those craving to go abroad by all means not to patronise visa lottery advertorials, avoid scams and issues associated with such, adding that the agency has extended its partnership to the private sector and captains of industries to encourage them to focus their Corporate Social Responsibilities to support the fight against trafficking in the country.

On his own part, Mr Siasia stated that Nigerian youth should seek more knowledge and involve in professions and jobs that can better their lives rather than wasting their time on frivolous engagements.

Mr Siasia noted that government at all levels must create economic opportunities for young Nigerians if this problem (Human trafficking) must be addressed.

He stressed that this role should not be left to governments alone, adding that the private sector should be involved in creating economic pathways for young people.

Mr Siasia, however, said the organisation will train and empower victims of human trafficking so that they can add value to the society.

Also speaking, the European Union Deputy Head of Delegation to Nigeria, Mr. Richard Young, disclosed that about 2,084, representing ten percent of the 20,532 victims of trafficked persons to Europe between 2015 to 2016 are Nigerians.

Mr Young urged the Nigerian government to be tough on the crime and causes of trafficking in the country, saying illegal migration and trafficking remained a major that requires a consensus effort to address.

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