To mark this year’s EU Anti-Human Trafficking Day, on 18th October, International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP) organized an event to create awareness and celebrate survivors. The event was attended by representatives of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), and Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL).
During the awareness event, the Director General of NAPTIP, who was represented by Mrs. Tolu Odugbesan; the representative of Comptroller General of NIS, Mr. Ahmad Wali; and the representative of National President of NACTAL, Mrs. Modupe Adelanwa appreciated European Union for their support to Nigerian government and commended FIIAPP for their work through A-TIPSOM project.
Addressing the stakeholders and survivors, Mr. Rafael Rios Molina the team leader of A-TIPSOM Project who was represented by the Senior Project Officer, Mr. Joseph O. Sanwo, said, “The EU-Anti-Trafficking Day is a period to make both policymakers and the general public increase their efforts towards combating trafficking in persons especially, by raising the level of awareness for the purpose of preventing this phenomenon. Part of the efforts of European Union Delegation in Nigeria is to support the government of Nigeria in reducing this heinous crime by funding Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) Project. This project is implemented by the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP).
According to him, “since its inception of the projection in 2018, FIIAPP has been working with and supporting National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) on prevention of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, prosecution of perpetrators, capacity building, and institutional enhancement.
Furthermore, he pointed out that other strategy FIIAPP is employing to boost awareness on TIP and SOM is through Film Exhibition which is scheduled to hold early 2021. During the call for submission of films and documentaries on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, FIIAPP received 461 films from interested film producers from 71 countries across the world”
Lastly, he also mentioned that through the A-TIPSOM Project, FIIAPP hosts a weekly radio program that reaches over 500, 000 citizens every week. Citizens from across the different geo-political zones of the nation have been reached with messages on preventing human trafficking and smuggling of migrants through the radio program, known as A-TIPSOM Voice on Radio.
Joseph Chidiebere Osuigwe