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JIFORM Meets Osun Govt, Villanova Poly, Egbemode Tutors Youths

Adekunle Ilori

Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM ) delegation presenting a copy of TheLead Magazine to the Osun State Commissioner for Information, Mrs Funke Egbemode ahead of the anti -human trafficking summit in the state by the foundation. From left : JIFORM President /Executive Director, Ajibola Abayomi , Egbemode (middle) and JIFORM Summit chairman,  Alhaji Yaqoub Popoola

Nigeria’-Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) has explained why the  foundation chose Villanova Polytechnic, Imesi-Ile, Osun State as venue of its anti-human trafficking summit.

The event is slated for March 24, 2020.

JIFORM, the non-profit and the anti- irregular and human trafficking media foundation has over 150 seasoned journalists as members apart from other across the globe.

JIFORM President Ajibola Abayomi (left) explaining a point to Osun State Commissioner of Information, Mrs Funke Egbemode at her office in Osogbo while Yaqoub Popoola, the summit planning committee chairman watches by the side

Speaking in Osogbo, Osun State capital on Tuesday during a courtesy call to the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mrs Funke Egbemode, JIFORM President, Ajibola Abayomi said the institution fitted into the rural integrated communication approach of the foundation based on its location.

“After JIFORM 2019 international summit in Abuja and participation at the world migration conference in Tunisia, we had designed an integrated communication approach to reach the people at the grassroots as regards anti-irregular migration and human trafficking advocacy.

“The current trend is disturbing. Many Nigerian youths are being trafficked and tricked to embark on unplanned journeys leading them to sad tales. JIFORM was particularly impressed that the wife of Osun State Governor, Mrs Kafayat Olaitan Oyetola is passionate about these issues and had been at the forefront of rescuing many stranded Nigerians abroad.

At Villanova Polytechnic, Imesi- Ile, Osun state. From left: JIFORM President Ajibola Abayomi (2nd), Chairman JIFORM Summit Planning Committee, Yaquob Popoola (3rd), Head of Department (HOD) Computer, Asanbe Michael (1st right) and the Polytechnic’s Bursar, Felix Idamarhare (1st left) on January 4, 2020. (right)

“As a role model and pride of journalism, speaking to the minds of the youths in your capacity as Honourable Commissioner will go a long way to sink the message into the minds of the audience at the event. We require the support of your office and government to succeed” Ajibola requested.

Responding, Egbemode hailed the courage of JIFORM for expanding the frontier of journalism to serve humanity.

“You never can tell which family would be involved as victim in these torching issues. In fact we must all be concerned.

“The youths must know that nowhere in the world is wealth designed to be amass over night. Things take gradual steps to come to fruition. From conception of pregnancy to the delivery stage and child development to adulthood takes gradual process.”

Egbemode, the former President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors pledged to study the JIFORM proposal presented to her by the president and do the needful in due course.

Earlier at Villanova Polytechnic, both the president and chairman planning committee of summit, Yaqoub Popoola had met with the Head of Department of Computer Science, Mr Asanbe Michael and the school bursar, Mr Felix Idamarhare.

Both staff of the polytechnic reiterated the commitment of the institution to ensure the success of the event.

Popoola said the foundation was willing to work with the school and neighboring villages in order to raise the consciousness against irregular migration and human trafficking.

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