As part of activities of the Action against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day, the International Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) and the Network of CSOs Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACAL) organized a sensitization program tagged: “No to Human Trafficking” for over 200 school children, parents and teachers at Lugbe, FCT.
Mr Joseph Sanwo, the Senior Project Officer, Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants(A-TIPSOM) who represented the Project Team Lead, Mr. Rafael Molina, said the program was organized to educate the pupils and parents on how to identify traffickers and to prevent the menace within their vicinity.
Sanwo said that the aim of the awareness was to make the pupils and management of the schools know the dangers associated with trafficking.
He added that “A-TIPSOM plans to move to other schools in the country to teach pupils how to identify a potential trafficker.
According to him, A-TIPSOM project is funded by European Union, implemented by FIIAPP and partners with four major actors to do the work in Nigeria. The actors are Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) which is a civil society organization, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Dr Carol Shalom, the FCT coordinator of NACTAL and founder of the Christ City Mission School, thanked the FIIAPP and European Union for the sensitization, saying it was a rare privilege.
Shalom said most of the pupils in the community schools could easily be trafficked, going by the level of poverty associated with the residents.
She added, “among other schools that participated in the event, Christ City Mission School is a school for the under-privileged, the poorest of the poor, and street children. I go from street to street to gather children so I could teach them; no fees are collected from anyone since their parents cannot afford it. Most of these children are orphans; we get our support from good Nigerians to run this School, we seek for more support from well-meaning Nigerians.”
Mr Abdulsalam Adamu, the leader of the local community expressed his joy for the awareness programme and thanked FIIAPP for organizing the event.
At the end, some writing materials as well as Merchandizing items from FIIAPP were donated to the three schools that participated in the sensitization programme.
Joseph Chidiebere Osuigwe
Consultant, Communication and Awareness- A-TIPSOM