Combating human trafficking requires effective services for trafficked persons and vulnerable group which will strengthen their protection. This is among the specific objectives of the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria(A-TIPSOM), a project funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP).
Hence, on 6th to 8th March, 2021, FIIAPP organized a three-day workshop to build the capacity of practitioners and service providers in providing effective and efficient (protection and assistance) services to victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants.
The participants include representatives from Law Enforcement Agents (National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Department of State Services, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, and Federal Road Safety Corps.
Speaking at the opening session of the workshop, the A-TIPSOM Project Team Leader, Mr. Rafael Rios Molina said that the workshop is vital as it will enable the law enforcement officers who are majorly to have adequate knowledge on protection and treatment of victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants.
The Director-General of NAPTIP, Mrs Imaan Sulaiman – Ibrahim who was represented by the Director of Research Department, Mr. Olubiyi Olusayo commended European Union for their support and FIIAPP for organizing the training.
In their goodwill messages Mr. Abdurrahim Ahmad Wali, Asst. Comptroller of Immigration, and Mrs. Alice Abbah Ajuma, Asst. Commissioner of Police expressed their fulfilment with A-TIPSOM Project
According to the Technical Advisor on Protection and Reintegration, Mrs Nurat Lawal, “this capacity building workshop is meant to strengthen the capacities of protection officers within these LEAs particularly those having direct contact with victims of Trafficking and Smuggled Migrants.
She said the workshop will guide the participants on mainstreaming gender sensitivity into the care of victims; and as well promote experience sharing and good practices.