The need to mitigate the increased rate of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrant in Nigeria requires an urgent and stronger collaboration involving both State and Non-state actors. Nigeria being a transit, destination and source for human trafficking and smuggling of migrant which is been fuelled by the economic challenges, political and civil disturbances; unemployment and other factors.
Over the years, the Network of Civil Society Organizations Against Trafficking in Persons, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), a coalition of over 150 registered organizations across Nigeria has committedly carried out interventions across the country to prevent TIP and rehabilitate victim of human trafficking. NACTAL had collaborated with different government agencies and development partners to carry out various interventions. This has brought many positive results in the fight against Tip and SOM in Nigeria through the provision of shelter, psychosocial support, legal support, economic empowerment for victims, rehabilitation and preventive activities such as sensitization programmes.
As part of The Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria Project (A-TIPSOM) which is funded by European Union, the International and Ibero American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP) supported NACTAL to host her leadership strategic retreat.
The retreat which held on 12th and 13th November 2020 was meant to enhance the knowledge of NACTAL leaders on prevention of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; to review her 2020 organizational workplan and develop an all-in-compassing plan.
In an opening remark, the A-TIPSOM team leader, Mr. Rafael Rios Molina said, “A-TIPSOM believes that the Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) is doing a great job in terms of prevention and protection of victims, and is collaborating with state agencies. For this reason, we will continue to support the members of NACTAL with our programme, collaborate with them in the improvement of shelters, and in prevention programmes.
The board chairperson of NACTAL and the wife of former vice president of Nigeria, Mrs. Amina-Titi Atiku, commended FIIAPP for partnering and supporting NACTAL in their various activities. She pointed out that her foundation, Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) engaged other organizations to form NACTAL in 2005.
Atiku called on Nigerians, particularly the youth to be careful and not to be carried away by all sorts of job promises abroad.
Mr. Abdulganiyu Abubakar, the newly elected NACTAL President, thanked FIIAPP for organizing the retreat, saying that, NACTAL would use the opportunity to strategies on her operations.
“We will study and plan on our modus of operation, we will use this period to redefine, and re-examine the pace of work of the network of civil societies and improve upon the areas needed,’’ he said.
Also, the immediate past president of NACTAL, Mr. Emmanual Adaramola enjoined the newly elected NACTAL leaders to give their best in strengthening NACTAL.
Joseph Chidiebere Osuigwe