The government of Ondo State has made a request to brothel owners, asking them to convert their establishments into hotels or other legal businesses that can receive support from the government in the form of loans or grants.
Olamide Falana, the Special Adviser to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Gender, made this announcement during a sensitization program held in Akure.
The program was organised by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps or NSCDC in collaboration with the state Task Force on Human Trafficking, with support from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons or NAPTIP.
Falana urged the owners of brothels and the general public to act as informants and report any individuals using their properties for activities like prostitution or other illegal practices.
She stated, “Ondo State has a strict policy against prostitution, fraudulent online businesses, human trafficking, and other illegal activities. Let us support the government’s efforts to provide quality education to our young boys and girls.”
Olayinka Olatundun, the Commandant of NSCDC in the state, highlighted the importance of brothel owners ensuring they comply with the law when setting up their businesses.
He warned that anyone found breaking the law would face the consequences.
One of the participants, Alade Olugbega, expressed appreciation to the NSCDC for organising the sensitization program. He believed it would greatly contribute to improving their businesses.
Olugbenga, who is the Secretary of the Association of Brothel Owners in Akure South, stated that they would return to enlighten their members on the proper ways to operate their businesses.