Checkmating activities of the perpetrators and reducing incidences of trafficking to the bearest minimum requires that the Law Enforcement Agents saddled with combatting the crime understand provisions of enabling laws and legislations. Hence, there is need for continuous capacity building for operators on relevant laws, policies and legislations to safeguard further violation of the rights of trafficked persons.
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 of NAPTIP officers through proper understanding of provisions of national legislations on TIP to engender actualization of assigned mandate as enshrined in the relevant policies and legislations.
The training was organized to acquaint officers of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking with provisions of the TIPPEA Act 2015, VAPP Act 2015 and TIP Regulations, 2019 as well as update participants’ knowledge on the applicability of the provisions to day-to-day operations as Law Enforcement Agents. The training which held on 29th and 30th June, 2021 in Abuja was attended by 46 participants selected from National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) across National Headquarters FCT, Zonal Commands (ZC) of the Agency (comprising of Sokoto ZC, Benin ZC, Osogbo ZC, Enugu ZC, Uyo ZC, Makurdi ZC, Kano ZC and Lagos ZC).
Speaking at the opening session of the training, the Team Leader of A-TIPSOM Project, Mr. Rafael Rios Molina said that the training will deepen the knowledge of participants on the provisions of TIP policies, legislations and other enabling laws. According to the team leader, who was represented by Mrs. Nurat Lawal the Technical Advisor on Protection, it will enhance the effort aimed at reducing incidences of TIP in Nigeria
While addressing the participants, the Director General of NAPTIP, Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed who was represented by the Director of Research and Program Development, Mr. Olusayo Olubiyi said, “the Act establishing NAPTIP was first promulgated in 2003 and was amended in 2005. Following some identified gaps in the amended law and the need to strengthen the prosecution instrument, in 2015; the Act was repealed and re-enacted to boost NAPTIP’s prosecutorial impetus. This training is designed to bring all Officers on the same page, as long as the contents of this new Regulation is concerned”
In a goodwill message from the Office of the National Authorizing Officer (ONAO), Ministry of State, Budget and National Planning, the Honourable Minister expressed the gratitude of the Government of Nigeria to the European Union(EU) Delegation to Nigeria for the generous support. The minister acknowledged FIIAPP effort in the implementation of relevant activities
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