Travelers and traders have been urged to report any form of abuse on their rights, at borders and checkpoints within West Africa.
Deputy Commissioner of CEPS in charge of Prevention, Yakubu Seidu stated this in Accra at a two-day Advocacy and Sensitisation Campaign, for Free Movement and Migration within West Africa.
Mr Seidu said travelers should always ensure that they have the required documentations before embarking on any journey within West Africa.
He however cautioned against abuse of ECOWAS Protocols that seek to promote cooperation among member states; stressing that authorities have noticed in particular the abuse of the protocols on movement of vehicles across the sub-region.
Acting Executive Secretary, Human Trafficking Secretariat of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Abena Anobea Asare said there is the need to give out the right information on what migration or travel entails.
She said if travelers are well informed on their rights and responsibilities it will make them less vulnerable to abuses that some of them suffer in the hands of border officials who take advantage of their ignorance.
Madam Asare said there is the need for member countries to adopt and ensure a common approach towards protecting people who out of ignorance, ended up in unpleasant situations such as being trafficked.