As part of the project, Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) which is funded by European Union, the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), on 27th Jan 2021 held the second meeting of Project Steering Coordination Committee meeting in Abuja.
The meeting was meant to take stock of the achievements made in 2020 and establish the planning of the next activities for 2021.
The meeting which took place at the headquarters of the Nigerian Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, in Abuja was attended by the operating focal points of the government partners of the project: National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Immigration Service of Nigeria (NIS), Police Force of Nigeria (NPF) and civil society represented by National Network of CSO Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL)
In addition to the Nigerian counterparts, the European Union delegation in Nigeria was represented on Zoom by Mr Clement Boutillier Head of Democracy, Governance and Migration, and Ms Eleni Zerzelidou EU Project Officer on Migration and Drugs.
Also present the meeting was the team head of FIIAPP, Gema Villegas and A-TIPSOM Project Officer Ms. Patricia Mate.
While declaring the meeting open, the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning Mrs. Olusola Olajinka commended both European Union and FIIAPP for their smooth implementation of A-TIPSOM project with Nigerian agencies.
Mr Rafael RIOS (FIIAPP), Team Leader of the project, highlighted the main achievements made during the year 2020:
The Technical Advisors of the A-TIPSOM Project highlighted the results achieved during the year 2020, as follows:
- Increased synergy among the beneficiaries (Nigeria Immigration Service, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Network of CSOs Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour, and Nigeria Police Force).
- Increased capacity of the beneficiaries on identification of perpetrators, investigation and prosecution of TIPSOM cases
- Enhanced the capacity of beneficiaries to improve protection services to trafficked persons and returned migrants
- Increased engagement of citizens and vulnerable groups through community sensitization, weekly A-TIPSOM radio program and social media campaigns
- Improved knowledge of legislations required to combat TIPSOM by LEAs
- Increased collaboration amongst CSOs in the ECOWAS region
According to A-TIPSOM Team Leader, Mr. Rafael Rios Molina, through the project, there has been an improved collaboration and coordination between the different Nigerian agencies involved in the fight against the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons; and the institutionalization of communication between government agencies and civil society organizations.
During the meeting, the annual plan was approved unanimously by those present, under the supervision of the representative of Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
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, NIS, NPF and the representative of the civil society, NACTAL.
Joseph Chidiebere Osuigwe
Consultant, Communication and Awareness