The Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debt, Senator Shehu Sani, has reiterated that the fight against human trafficking and irregular migration in Nigeria deserves equal attention with the fight against corruption and insurgency.
The lawmaker stated this in Abuja during a courtesy visit on the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah-Donli.
He explained that human trafficking undermines the sovereignty of the country and has become a source of instability to the nation and must be well handled by the government and other international bodies.
Shehu Sani expressed disappointment over the rate of deaths including Nigerians in the Mediterranean Sea in recent times as a result of failed and dangerous journeys to Europe by desperate individuals in search of greener pastures abroad.
While stating that human trafficking was a regional, continental and global problem that must be addressed with all seriousness, he frowned at the low funding of the activities of NAPTIP by Government.
He however, pledged to get the support of the National Assembly to attract attention for NAPTIP.
They admitted that victims of irregular migration often end up as victims of human trafficking as lack of requisite legal documents make it impossible for them to gain meaningful employment in their destination countries.