The Edo State Government says it will take the campaign against illegal migration to churches and schools across the state from 2018.
Mr Solomon Okoduwa, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin.
Okoduwa, who described the market-place campaign against the scourge as a huge success, noted that the people, especially the women, had been made to realise the inherent danger in illegal migration.
He said the reason behind starting the campaign in market places was because it was a catchment area for women.
He said that women were mostly the ones that always encouraged their children to travel to Europe.
“We want them to encourage their children to stay back home here and realise that there is dignity in labour; if they join hands to run their little businesses, they can go places.
“We are also telling them that Europe is not a bed of roses and that majority of them are being deceived into traveling to Europe. That there is no tree that vomits money on the streets of Europe as they are being told.
“That the amount used to migrate illegally should be invested here in Benin or elsewhere in the country. If they start a business with such money they would be better off than going to risk their lives by migrating to Europe illegally.