An NGO, Roost Foundation, has cautioned sports men and women against engaging in trafficking through sports.
Executive Chairman of the NGO, a counter-trafficking organisation, Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, gave the caution at a golf competition between the professionals of IBB Golf and Country Club, and NNG golf club.
The competition was organised by the clubs, in collaboration with Roost Foundation to mark the 2021 World Day Against Human Trafficking, usually celebrated on July 30.
Okah-Donli, who is also the chairperson in-charge of United Nations Fund for Victims of Trafficking, stated that the competition was organised to raise awareness on the ills and consequences of trafficking.
According to her, sport is one of the activities used to traffic people all over the world, adding that the sporting awareness is to let the world come together for total elimination of the menace.
The executive chairman, who is a member of the Pros, said that the competition was to make Nigerians realise that the fight against the menace was for all and not for government alone or a particular section of the society.
“A lot of people think that the fight against trafficking rests upon government shoulder; it is not for just the government alone; everyone has a role to play; the press has its role; the fight involves everyone.
“So when you come out and tell them we are joining hands as members of IBB Golf Club to work with the government and Roost Foundation to fight human trafficking, this will attract many.
“Human trafficking is real. People can be trafficked through sporting activities. This is our own way of raising awareness to tell Nigerians that human trafficking is real and that it can happen through sports.
A Golfer, Mr Okey Akobundu, described golf sport as a wonderful game capable of boosting the body health-wise.
According to him, playing golf is to enjoy nature, go home happier through the expression of oneself and be mentally-alert to one’s responsibilities, both within the club and the world at large.
“We are here to tell ourselves the danger inherent in human trafficking. We are all putting heads together to fight the menace and bring it to the barest minimum in the society,” Akobundu, a lawyer, said.
Mr Mac Ekechukwu, an Insurance expert with Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc and also a golfer, said that members of the clubs were out to create awareness on human trafficking through sports.
“People need to get to know about human trafficking and the ills it can bring to the world, if not checked.
“This has become necessary so that they too can join government, Roost Foundation and other interested agencies to fight the menace,” he said.
Ekechukwu added that if the awareness could reach various group and clubs, the menace would be greatly reduced.