The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr. Adaora Ifeoma Anyanwutaku has commemorated with men and women, who revolted and paved way for the end of transatlantic slave trade and dehumanization in the world.
Dr. Anyanwutaku who represented the Hon. Minister Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammad stated this during her welcome address on Monday August 23rd 2021 while commemorating the International Day for the Remembrance of Slave Trade and It’s Abolition, organized by the Ministry in collaboration with her Parastatals, UNESCO and other Stakeholder, held at the National Press Centre, Radio House, Abuja.
She said that the theme “Modern Day Slavery, A National Question: Protecting the Future Generation” was of particular interest to her as a mother, as it reflects the realities of modern day slavery of children and youths in today’s society, which includes human trafficking, voluntary slavery, child labour, forced marriage, forced labour and irregular migration.
The Permanent Secretary further charged Media Organizations and relevant stakeholders to do more awareness, sensitization and campaign against modern day slavery in order to curb the menace in the country.
Dr. Anyanwutaku appreciated the Planning committee, Agencies, parastatals and stakeholders for organizing the programme and urged students and youths that were present at the event to spread the message they have gotten from the programme in their various, schools, homes and neighborhood.
Speaking at the event, Mr Gabriel Odu, who represented Hon. Abike Dabin-Erewa Director General of Nigerian in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), stated that the Commission is working tirelessly in sensitizing and creating more awareness on the dangers of modern day slavery. He appreciated the Ministry for organizing such remarkable programme.
The Resource Person, Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, the former Director General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), stated that modern day slavery has become a major threat to human, national and international security, hence all hands must be on deck to curb the illicit trade in human beings adding that with sustained awareness creation, seamless prosecution and effective partnership the global crime will be defeated.