Abuja - The House of Representatives, has called on the
executive arm of government to develop a plan that would checkmate the illegal
movement of Nigerians to European countries.
The house decision followed a motion by Rep. Patrick Asadu
(PDP-Enugu), which was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.
Asadu prayed the government to mobilise both citizenry and
other African leaders in both transit and receiving countries in the fight
against illegal immigration while rehabilitating and re-settling victims at all
The house also urged Nigerian youths “to be wary of sweet
talking but unscrupulous human traffickers promising them non-existent jobs
beyond our shores.”
The house further urged parents, community and Church
leaders to “champion massive enlightenment campaigns against this modern
Similarly, the house advised the National Agency for the
Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Federal Ministries of Youth
Development, Women Affairs, Information and Culture, Interior and Foreign
Affairs to rise up to the challenges posed by the development.
The house said further that the 8th National Assembly should
champion a new parliamentary initiative to abolish what it called modern
slavery by mobilizing resources within Nigeria and beyond against the menace.
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Moving the motion, the Asadu cited the report of the United
Nations Commission for Human Rights (UNCHR) which said illegal crossings from
Libya to Italy increased by 38 per cent in 2015 and moved to 43 per cent in
It noted that majority of those migrants arriving in Italy
in the recent time were from the Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly Nigerians, Gambians
and Senegalese, saying the trend needs to be curtailed.
The house mandated its Cmmittee on Human Rights to conduct
an oversight of the action plan of the Federal Government to curtail the
incidents of illegal migration to Europe.
The committee was also mandated to report back to the house
within 12 weeks for further legislative action.
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