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).
On 6th and 7th July 2021, FIIAPP organized a two-day workshop to build the capacity of different Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in providing effective and efficient protection and assistance services to victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants. The training was intended to strengthen the capacities of protection officers within these LEAs particularly those having direct contact with victims of Trafficking and Smuggled Migrants; and well as mainstream gender sensitivity into the care of victims.
The participants include 40 officers and staff from National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Nigeria In Diaspora Commission, Federal Ministry Of Humanitarian Affairs, National Commission for Refugee, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) and NACTAL drawn mostly from the South -South and North East (Edo, Akwa- Ibom, Cross River, Borno, and Katsina States).
Speaking at the opening session of the workshop, the A-TIPSOM Project Team Leader, Mr. Rafael Rios Molina who was represented by the Senior Project Officer, Joseph Sanwo, encouraged participants to foster collaboration to effectively protect victims human trafficking and smuggled migrants. According to him, “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”.
In an opening remark, the Director General of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed, represented by the Director of Research and Program Development, Mr. Olusayo Olubiyi said, “Victims’ protection is one of the core mandates of our agency and this training is vital to building a strong collaboration with other agencies towards strengthening protection of victims”. He commended the European Union and FIIAPP for their support through the A-TIPSOM Project.