Under the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria project (A-TIPSOM), six (6) shelters of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) & Network of CSOs Against Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) were upgraded in 2020, while eleven Shelters were refurbished in 2021.
To improve the services of the shelter practitioners and service providers, on the 8th and 10th March, 2022, the International Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) organized a 3-Day Capacity Building workshop on Shelter Management for NAPTIP and NACTAL Personnel in Ibadan, Oyo State. The workshop was attended by 63 participants who were drawn mostly from the South West (Lagos, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Ogun, & Oyo States).
Speaking during the opening session, the A-TIPSOM Team Leader Mr. Rafael Rios, who was represented by Technical Advisor on Protection, Mrs Nurat Lawal said, “this workshop is aimed at acquainting the personnel with necessary knowledge and skills to plan, administer and manage shelter activities; to build the capacity of practitioners and service providers in providing effective and efficient (protection and assistance) services to victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants; and to mainstream gender sensitivity into the plan management of shelters.
She also said that such training has been organized in Kaduna State for NAPTIP and NACTAL in the North West.
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 in women and children, working with main Nigerian agencies, 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.