Traffickers and their agents have been engaging women and children especially, youths and school children in their illicit acts. This action undermines the integrity and security of countries, and indeed that of Nigeria, and every year this has derailed the future of many youths and cost some, their human dignity.
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 2-Day Workshop on Public Enlightenment & Awareness-Creation Strategies to Curb Trafficking in Persons in Nigeria. The workshop aims to further enhance Prevention of the crime through capacity building of NAPTIP officers in Public Enlightenment Department on awareness creation in target populations with specific strategies for children, teenagers, young adults and especially women as they represent larger percentage of Victims of Trafficking.
According to A-TIPSOM Senior Project Officer and Technical Advisor on Prevention, Mr. Joseph Sanwo, the workshop was organized to acquaint participants with knowledge of modern enlightenment campaigns; identify tools for use to increase the level of public awareness and map out awareness creation strategy on TIP for the agency.
The Director General NAPTIP, Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, who was represented at the event by Mr Olusayo Olubiyi, the Director, Training and Manpower Development noted that the trend of trafficking was high in the country and the influence of social media had aggravated the issue of human trafficking, hence the need for prevention, such as awareness creation to nip it in the board.
The Director of Public Enlightenment, NAPTIP, Mr Arinze Orakwue, said that the issues that triggered trafficking in human must first be addressed, otherwise the projected result may not be achieved.
Earlier, A-TIPSOM team leader in Nigeria, Mr Rafael-Rios Molina, said that the training of the officers was to have a common strategy to increase the capacity of the officers.