Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said the sexual offenders register that was commenced by the government, through the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), is not aimed at stigmatising anyone.
He said the Federal Government is very concerned about youths and has demonstrated a clear willingness to tackle the problems affecting them.
He added that the government has come up with several empowerment schemes to engage youths.
The Vice-President also said the establishment of the sexual offenders register is not aimed at stigmatisation, but so that the government can keep track of those convicted of sexual offences and prevent a reoccurrence of such acts.
He spoke in Abuja, at a public lecture hosted by the NAPTIP to mark the 2019 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
Prof. Osinbajo, who was represented by the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Social Protection Plan, Mrs. Mariam Uwais, said: “The Federal Government is very concerned about the youth and takes any issue that affects them very seriously. We have demonstrated clear willingness to tackle this menace head on, and have come up with several empowerment schemes to engage youths.
“The establishment of the Sexual offenders’ Register is not aimed at stigmatisation, but it is a means through which the government can keep track of those convicted of sexual offences, prevent reoccurrence of such acts, while safeguarding the lives and safety of victims of sexual offences.
“I specially commend NAPTIP for the initiative to produce a Country Report on Human Trafficking. For too long, we have left other countries and institutions to tell our story. This effort by NAPTIP is therefore welcome, because it puts before the world, the aggregate of programmes, policies and actions of government at all levels and Nigeria at large in combating human trafficking, child labour and abuse.
“The fight against human trafficking is one that involves the whole of society and whole of government’s efforts at combating the ugly menace. The Federal Government’s resolve to tackle this scourge remains unshaken and it is a fight we must win, for the sake of our future.”
Culled from The Nation