As part of the effort to increase knowledge of community stakeholders on the dangers of human trafficking and irregular migration, International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) supported Network of CSOs Against Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) to hold community sensitization in Dutse, Bwari Area Council.
The program which was supported under Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants(A-TIPSOM) and funded by European Union, held on 4th November 2020 at Dutse Sagbayi Bwari Council Area.
In her opening speech, the NACTAL North Central Zonal coordinator, Mrs. Imabong Ladipo-Sanusi disclosed that the community sensitization project is targeted at sensitizing vulnerable communities on trafficking and illegal migration of persons in the north Central with the first phase of the project piloted in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
While welcoming the organizers, the representatives of all the 6 communities and also the elders of the non -indigenous tribes resident in the communities commended NACTAL, FIIAPP and European Union for recognizing Dutse as among the communities that will benefit from the campaign.
During the sensitization, six (6) speakers from different organization under NACTAL spoke on the following areas:
- Meaning of human trafficking and smuggling of migrant represent
- The dangers involved in human trafficking
- How traffickers plan their tricks
- The dangers of Transnational Crimes (Trafficking in Persons, Smuggling of Migrants) and irregular migration
- The role of community leaders, community citizens and law enforcement agencies in protection, facilitation of free and mobility of persons without harassment
- Importance of travelling with valid travel documents
The Team Leader of A-TIPSOM Project Mr. Rafael Rios Molina who was represented by Senior Project Officer and Technical Advisor on Prevention, Mr. Joseph Sanwo commended the community heads for mobilizing their members and reiterated the commitment of FIIAPP towards ensuring that citizens are saved from human trafficking.
The District Head of the community presented a commendation certificate to appreciate FIIAPP for supporting the sensitization of his community members.
The Action Against trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM) began in 2018, through an agreement between the European Union (EU) and the Government of Nigeria, with the objective to reduce the trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, at national, regional and international level, and between Nigeria and the European Union, with specific emphasis in women and children, working with main Nigerian agencies, such as NAPTIP, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Police Force and the representative of the civil society, NACTAL. A-TIPSOM project is tackling human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in Nigeria through the 5Ps which include Prevention, Protection, Policy, Partnership and Prosecution.
A-TIPSOM is a project implemented by FIIAPP and funded by European Union.