REPORTER: JOHN MADUAGWU
Abia women have been enjoined to use this year’s August meeting to deliberate on critical issues affecting their communities, state and nation at large.
Heads of two critical agencies of the Federal Government, the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) made this known in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Umuahia.
The Coordinator of NAPTIP in the state, Mrs. Nkemdilim Okafor, reminded the women that as they were preparing for their meeting in their various communities, human traffickers were also preparing to join them while pretending to be concerned about the welfare of their area.
Mrs. Okafor said the women should strongly emphasize at their meeting the need for parents, especially mothers to monitor who their children communicate with on social media, which had become a fertile recruiting ground for human traffickers and not fail to report such bad eggs to the agency for prompt action.
Also, the new State Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), Mr. Yusuf Aboki, enjoined the women to deliberate on the issue of drugs, which were being abused by both male and female children.
Mr. Aboki said the women should hammer on the need for parents, especially mothers to closely monitor their children, advice them against the use of illicit drugs, know who they keep as friends and observe behavioural changes, which might be early signs of substance abuse.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU