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Irregular Migration: UNHCR, NAPTIP, Others Call For More Action


Some local and international organizations have expressed concerns over the menace of human trafficking and the plight of refugees across the globe, saying there is a need for concerted efforts by every stakeholder to check the growing trend.

The concerned organizations include the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), among others.

They made the call in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State during the premiere of a film ‘Dangerous Hope’ which seeks to enlighten and sensitize vulnerable and other people of concern to the dangers of irregular migration.

Calling for an attitudinal change, increased knowledge, and awareness for potential traffickers, they sought the necessary tools and assistance that could help survivors reclaim their lives.

The Head of the UNHCR Lagos Field Office, Ephraim Kabura, expressed a need for adequate awareness of the risk of being trafficked and the need for all to be proactive toward reducing the menace.

The need to fight the growing trends in human trafficking is a task that must be done by all, he argued.

With the growing rate of economic exploitation and harvesting of the organs of victims, trafficking in persons remains a subject of global concern.

Targeting children, refugees were among the stakeholders at the film premiere educated on the dangers of irregular migration as they remain key targets of traffickers due to their vulnerability and aspirations.

A Cameroonian master’s student and refugee in Ogoja, Cross River State, Bobga Derrick, was one of those who attended the event.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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