Oshodi-Tapa by Freeman in Epetedo Community, Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, Lagos played host to the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) Campaign against illegal migration on Thursday November 22, 2018.
The IOM team with Council representatives
The campaign is a United Nations’ outreach program spornsored by the Government of Italy to sensitise prospective immigrants on the danger inherent in Illegal migration.
According to IOM, methods employed by the perpetrators of this Illegal trade includes luring of unsuspecting victims into paying peanuts and assuring them of smooth movement from their home country through the North Africa deserts and the Mediterranean Sea to their proposed destinations.
Those who goes through this means of traveling abroad eventually lost everything including their lives. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said they are usually faced with arrest, imprisonment, abuse, enslavement and death.
To ensure better comprehension of the message by the people, IOM through her partner agency, CinemArena used video show on the life of immigrants on the Mediterranean Sea, true life experience by victims of illegal migration and finally spiced the campaign up with light entertainment.
The Executive Chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, Comrade Kamal Salau-Bashua represented by the Secretary to the Local Government, Hon. Muibi Alade Folawiyo expressed his gratitude to IOM for what he described as a “timely campaign that will go a long way at redirecting the minds of the people especially the youths about risk involved in illegal migration”.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Government in recent times has continued to repatriate hundreds of many of the victims of this Illegal migration especially those who were stranded in the war-torn Libya.
A Libya returnee narrating his ordeal