By Olufemilade Oyinade
The President of Union of Beninese Residents in Nigeria, Ogun -State chapter, Romain Kakpo has disclosed that the priority of his association was to improve the relationship between the Nigerian Nation and Benin Republic.
Kakpo stated this on Tuesday during an interview with Journalists at the Union’s Secretariat, in Abeokuta
Kakpo said to effectuate this they had been working conscientiously to tackle the pangs of Child trafficking, child labour as well as slave labour.
He condemned the trend of bringing children from Benin into the state for child labour, adding that the union has been collaborating with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS) to eradicate the menace.
He said that the Union has begun to enlighten and orientate those who were in the practice of giving out their children to serve as child labourers and maids on the need to enrol them into skill acquisition.
He said, having found out that being hired as housemaids or help has become an economic matter, his union had not asked them not to engage in any trades or initiatives that could put food on their table or develop them economically, all they were advocating was for such engagement to pass through legal means and documentation which according to him would protect the hired housemaid and also safeguard the lives and properties of employers.
The President of the union also said that the relationship between the Union and Nigeria Immigration Service in Ogun State has been strengthened as Benin nationals resident in the state have formalised their stay by registering with the immigration office and ensuring that they were gainfully employed and engaging in legitimate work.
Kakpo, who is the third president of the union recalled that before
his administration came on board the issues of child trafficking, child labour and unfriendly atmosphere that buffeted the relationship between Nigerians and Beninese had started tearing apart the peoples of the countries. ‘We thank God all that has changed for the better. There is now a mutual trust which no doubt has started bringing about mutual benefits’, he stressed.
On Agriculture, Kakpo said that many of his members located in the nooks and crannies of state are into farming, he therefore appealed to Ogun State Government to assist farmers among them as they were also ready to contribute to the food security initiatives of the administration.
He commended the Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration for the worthy achievements in the areas of Housing, Security, Agriculture, Road Construction and others spheres in the state.
He also expressed appreciation to the National President of the Union, Honore Coucou Hounkpatin for his stewardship and commitments to the cause of the Benin nationals in Nigeria and therefore called for support of Beninese Government towards the realization of the lofty goals of the Union in the State in particular and Nigeria in general.
Kakpo used the opportunity to call on all Beninese in the State to stand up and be counted because, according to him, their mission was to endure the wellbeing and welfares in Nigeria. “We are your brothers and sister your security and safety matter to us, come join us, let’s know you, where you stay and what you are doing. This is the only way we stand up for you when you need us. Join us this Saturday March 13, 2021 at our Secretariat along Obada Road, by Adesida Bus Stop, Iyana Kereku. On any matters reach out to us on the following phone numbers:
L-R: State treasurer, Office sectary, State President vice-president and Gen.Sectary of the UBEN.