The Traditional Ruler of Ekpetiama Kingdom in Yenagoa Local Government area of Bayelsa State, King Bubaraye Dakolo has sent a protest letter to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) against the activities of some oil workers in the state over alleged use of young girls as sex toys.
King Dakolo, in the petition to NAPTIP, accused workers and expatriates of oil multinationals companies operating in the State and the Niger Delta region of alleged cases of human trafficking and as sex toys to be played with.
The Director General of the NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, who confirmed the development during a key note address delivered in Yenagoa during a summit organised by the Bayelsa First Class Traditional Rulers Wives Association, said the petition by the Bayelsa Monarch was an appealed for the intervention of NAPTIP.
According to Dame Okah-Donli, “our daughters are being exploited by the oil workers who see them as sex toys to be played with, and as Queens and mothers, we should not let that happen. Here in Bayelsa, our young girls are at the risk of hand trafficking due to the endemic nature of our state.”
“Being in the coastal line and the presence of oil companies in the state has made our dear Bayelsa State a source, transit and destination state when it comes to human trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation.”
The NAPTIP Director General called on the Nigerian Mothers to ensure that the girl child are educated due to evils of human trafficking, increased literacy and political representation, safe sex and smaller families and income potential and poverty reduction,” as queen mothers, there is need for you to use your esteemed position to raise awareness on the importance of educating our girls who will turn grow into young women. ”
Earlier in her speech, the Chairperson of the Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers’Wives Association (BSTWA) and the Queen of the Town Brass Kingdom, Her Majesty, Dr. Josephine Diette-Spiff, noted that the purpose to every platform, including the wives of traditional rulers, Is to benefit all.
According to her, “use the God’s opportunity to better the lot of your community, attracting progress to your people and addingvalue to their lives with great respect”