Considering the dynamic nature of crime of human trafficking and migrant smuggling, the importance of constant and regular researching into activities of the perpetrators of these crimes cannot be overemphasized. An organization with highly trained and efficient manpower with exceptional skill in researching is better positioned to give optimum result in addressing issues of national importance such as trafficking and smuggling which had constituted a serious menace to socio-economic development.
Under The Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM), a project funded by European Union, the International Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) organized a 2-day capacity building workshop to enhance the competencies and research capability of the beneficiaries with regards to research development, analysis and reporting with a coordinated strategy on data sharing and management.
The training which held on 18th and 19th May, 2021 in Abuja was attended by 45 participants selected 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) across FCT, Sokoto, Edo State, Plateau, Niger State, Lagos State, Akwa Ibom State, Enugu State, Benue State, Osun State, Gombe State, Katsina, Adamawa State, Kano State, Taraba State, Kwara State, Bauchi State.
Speaking at the opening session of the training, the Team Leader of A-TIPSOM Project, Mr. Rafael Rios Molina said that the training will build synergy amongst beneficiaries on the right approaches to data management, reporting and exchange. According to him, part of the objectives of the project is to strengthen the capacities of key beneficiaries to effectively tackle human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. He further stated that A-TIPSOM project has benefited citizens across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria.
CSP Dauda Umar Janzomo from the Nigeria Police Force commended European Union and FIIAPP for their continuous support to Nigeria Police and other sister agencies. She expressed her optimism on the impact training will have on her officers.
Also, the representative of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. Abdurrahim Ahmad Wali described the training as a vital approach to supporting the effort of agencies involved in tackling SOM and TIP.
The Action Against trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM) began in 2018, through an agreement between the European Union (EU) and the Government of Nigeria, with the objective to reduce the trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, at national, regional and international level, and between Nigeria and the European Union, with specific emphasis on women and children, working with their key beneficiaries such as NAPTIP, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Police Force and the representative of the civil society, NACTAL. A-TIPSOM project is tackling human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in Nigeria through the 5Ps which include Prevention, Protection, Policy, Partnership and Prosecution.