Market Development in Niger Delta (MADE) II, which will use market systems to raise incomes of no fewer than 155,000 poor people, 50 per cent of whom are women, will hold workshops on ways to empower residents and reduce human trafficking.
The workshops, which commenced yesterday and end today in Benin City, Edo State with the themes: Increasing Awareness of the Adverse Effects of Human Trafficking on Target Populations and Skills to Wealth: Alternative to Irregular Migration, will focus on identifying and addressing livelihood and economic factors that contribute to human trafficking.
The Department of International Development (DFID) funded two-year programme, will also dwell on forced labour and Modern-Day Slavery (MDS) in the Niger Delta region, particularly in Edo State.
A statement issued by Edo State Investment Portfolio Senior Investment Manager of MADE, Rufus Idris, said the intervention, tagged Edo State Investment Portfolio (ESIP) is a key component of MADE II programme that aims to increase the state’s capacity to provide ‘aspirational’ economic opportunities.
He said it is also aimed at increasing incomes for its vulnerable youth and women, and by so doing, reduce the temptation to illegally emigrate overseas, adding that the workshops will be held in collaboration with Genius Hub and NAME Foundation.