As part of the effort to increase knowledge of community stakeholders on the dangers of human trafficking and irregular migration, International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) supported Network of CSOs Against Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) to carry out sensitization events at Ilorin Township and also, at Emir of Lafiagi’s Palace, Lafiagi, Edu, LGA of Kwara State
The program which was funded by the European Union under the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) Project, was held on 28th and 29th April, 2021
Over 1000 community members and stakeholders including ministry officials, law enforcement agents, traditional leaders, religious leaders, women groups, youth leaders and road transport union leaders particularly within and around the targeted communities participated actively in the sensitization and enlightenment program.
The State Coordinator of NACTAL in Kwara, Mr Femi Oyedeji, said that response to human trafficking is a collective responsibility. Oyedeji said that children trafficked from Kwara State are used for sexual exploitation, molestation, domestic servitude and forced labour, adding that there is a trend in trafficking in the state.
“Kwara is a known state between the Northern and the Southern part of the country and when they are bringing goods and services, they use that opportunity to trafficking children,” he said.
He appreciated the European Union and FIIAPP for their support towards sensitizing the people of Lafiagi town in Edu Local Government Area.
“We have observed the trend in trafficking in Kwara, intra state, interstate and cross border trafficking.
The Senior Project Officer, A-TIPSOM, Mr Joseph Sanwo, who represented the Team Leader, Mr. Rafael Molina Rios said that the goal of the sensitization and enlightenment campaign was to ensure early identification and prevention of trafficking in high-risk communities in the state.
Rafael said that the programme was part of the effort to increase knowledge of community stakeholders on the dangers of human trafficking and irregular migration.
“International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) supported Network of CSOs Against Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) will carry out sensitization events in Ilorin and also at Lafiagi, in Edu LGA of Kwara.
“The programme, which was supported under Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, is funded by the European Union.
“The stakeholders become anti-trafficking advocates in their respective clusters or communities,” he said.
“It is really a great pleasure to have the support of the European Union towards increasing public awareness on prevention of human trafficking in Kwara and Nigeria at large.
“We appreciate the Ministry of Women Affairs in Kwara, the Spanish government FIIAPP and NACTAL in identifying the need for advocacy against TIP and SOM,” he said.
The state Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Afusat Ibrahim, said that the prevalence of human trafficking in the state was high.
“We have our girls being trafficked to other states where they are being slaved, raped and are exposed to many hazards in the process.
“And the government is also not relenting at ensuring that the menace is curbed.
“Just recently, 29 of our girls were trafficked and the perpetrators were apprehended and are facing the law.
“This will serve as a deterrent to others who are into the business of trafficking.
“We are out in full force to stand up against issues of child abuse, gender based violence and trafficking with the assistance of our Gov. Abdul Rahman AbdulRazaq.