Combating Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants requires training and retraining of Frontline Officers, Intelligence Officers, and Service Providers across the relevant agencies working in the areas of TIP and SOM.
As part of activities of the Actions Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM), a project funded by European Union, the International Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) organized a two-day Training Needs Assessment and Review of Training Materials on TIPSOM Topics, Policies and Legislation.
The training aims at identifying training gaps as well as training needs of respective partners with focus on enabling the legislations and policies guiding actualization of respective organizations mandate.
The training which commenced today, 2nd March 2021 in Abuja, Nigeria had in attendance representatives from National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Network of CSOs Against Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL).
In his welcome remark, the Team Leader of A-TIPSOM Nigeria who was represented by the Technical Advisor on Governance, Mr. Omotosho Bello said the workshop will help to establish gaps in the existing training plans and curriculum of beneficiaries; elaborate the training plans and curriculum in accordance with current trends on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; determine and prioritize training needs of the beneficiaries and identify policies and legislations required for combating TIPSOM.
Also, the Commissioner of Police, Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of Nigeria Police Force, Mrs. Josephine Nna commended European Union and FIIAPP for their enormous support to the beneficiaries of the project, and enjoined the participants to take advantage of this needs assessment to include relevant areas of skill-gaps each organization required to excel in attainment of assigned mandate by the government.
Joseph Chidiebere Osuigwe
Consultant, Communication and Awareness