13 June 2016
The Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Fulvio Rustico, on Monday urged young Nigerians to be conscious of the negative consequences of allowing themselves to be lured into drug trafficking.
Rustico told newsmen in Lagos that the Nigerian and Italian governments were working hard to discourage and resist all forms of trafficking between their two countries.
The Envoy said that it was also imperative for Italians and Nigerians to join both governments in fighting against the trafficking of girls and women.
“As we all know, fighting against trafficking in persons is very complicated, but, I think that the Nigerian and Italian governments are willing to do more to end these inhuman acts.
“And it is always the young innocent girls who allow themselves to be trafficked knowingly or unknowingly that are made to suffer from this criminal act.
“These young Nigerian girls should know that allowing themselves to be trafficked would not lead them to paradise, but to regrettable experiences.
“I think it should be a common interest for us all to work together and save these young girls from these terrible experiences,’’ he said.
According to him, every Nigerian and Italian need to urgently brace up to fighting against trafficking of girls and other related offences.
Rustico also restated the commitments of the two governments to deploy their relevant institutions to fully fight against human trafficking.
“There are ongoing different areas of cooperation between our institutions in fighting and ending trafficking in persons from Nigeria to Italy.
“Nigeria, therefore, needs to intensify awareness creation in these young girls, on the dangers in allowing themselves to be trafficked to Italy or to other countries,’’ the envoy added.