To commemorate this year’s EU Anti-Trafficking Day (which is on 18th October), the the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) under the 11th EDF Project known as the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, A-TIPSOM Project (funded by European Union) organized an awareness road walk in Abuja. The road walk was used to sensitize citizens within the Federal Capital Territory on the dangers of human trafficking.
Participants in the road walk include officials from the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Network of CSOs Against Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) as well as Female Drivers Association (FEDA).
Mrs Alice Abbah, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) who is also the Head of Human trafficking unit, Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja, commended European Union and FIIAPP on the assistant it has rendered to various organisations to curb human trafficking.
She said that since the coming of FIIAPP to Nigeria, partner organisations against human trafficking have benefitted tremendously from the wealth of services the organisation is rendering in Nigeria.
“FIIAPP through the EU funded project has brought so many benefits between sisters organisations, especially to the NPF, NIS and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
“FIIAPP has brought unity between sisters organisations working against trafficking by training us together,” Abbah said.
Also, Mr Janet Elor, a commandant and Head of anti-human trafficking, irregular migration and Gender Unit, NSCDC Headquarters, Abuja, stated that FIIAPP had brought so many collaboration between different organisations in the fight against human trafficking.
According to Elor, what FIIAPP is doing in Nigeria is the major way to support NAPTIP and other agencies to help them realize part of their goals.
Mrs Eunice Odeghe, President of Female Drivers Association (FEDA) of Nigeria, also commended European Union and FIIAPP, saying that her organisation would continue to sensitise drivers on the tricks traffickers use in catching their victims.
“We know the importance of driving, carrying people from one place to other, we know traffickers are using drivers to do their dirty game, we do this awareness to drivers, and we will continue to do it,” Odeghe said.
Meanwhile, the A-TIPSOM team leader in Nigeria, Mr Rafael-Rios Molina, stated that the road walk was all about sharing message that trafficking and irregular migration are real.
He said that his organisation is particular on how the menace would be prevented, adding that the road walk was also to spread the message of caution in doing things.
He said that FIIAPP through the EU had done so many projects for Nigeria and would continue to do more.