Journalism in the service of society

Trafficking: We’ll stop hotels from lodging underage girls – Minister

THE Ministry of Women Affairs has finalized measures to prohibit hotels in the country from accommodating underage girls.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, announced this yesterday at the ‘Unlock Training and Grants’ ceremony in Abuja, saying the prohibition on young girls staying in hotels will help combat the issue of trafficking.

She was reacting to the recent rescue of ten underage Nigerian girls who had allegedly been transported to Ghana for prostitution.

Kennedy-Ohaneye stated that action against such practices as trafficking by the Ministry of Women Affairs will begin tomorrow.

She went on to say that hoteliers will be required to post ‘No Lodging of Underage Girls’ signs outside their establishments.

The Minister also directed school administrators throughout the country to take measures against bullying by either teachers or students.

“Meanwhile, I am sure you saw the video circulating about our girls taken to Ghana. Did you see it? Very good. Action will start on Monday.

“You will hear about our action first thing on Monday morning. That is the first I am going to approach and see what we can do about it.

“Nigeria must be better. From 20th (June), we have directed hotels to put a sign outside from the Ministry of Women. No lodging of underage girls. (Otherwise) what happened in Niger State will be an understatement to what will happen in the FCT and I mean it. No more lodging of underage girls and no more bullying in schools.”

According to Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), the young females rescued in Ghana were allegedly led from Nigeria to Ghana by an unknown man who has since been apprehended by authorities in a bordering West African country.

According to the NIDCOM CEO, the girls were rescued by the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), an umbrella organisation for Nigerians living in Ghana.

In a viral video which showed the girls after they were rescued, a NIDO official was heard saying, “We just rescued all these ones from one single person, innocent Nigerian children that were brought here to do what they wouldn’t have wished to do to.

“They are helpless. They picked them and sent them to do prostitution and they would be collecting money from these innocent children.”

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Naija Times