EU ANTI-TRAFFICKING DAY: EU, FIIAPP Reiterate Commitment to Supporting Nigeria Government

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on tuesday, 18th October 2022 in Abuja commend the European Union and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP) for their significant contribution towards countering human trafficking in Nigeria.

Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, the Director-General, NAPTIP, disclosed this at the occasion of the 2022 European Union (EU) Anti-Trafficking Day, organised by FIIAPP.

Waziri-Azi, who was represented by a Deputy Director, Public Enlightenment unit of the agency, Mr Ganiyu Agaran, said the agency would ensure that human trafficking victims are protected from fraudsters.

She said perpetrators would also be prosecuted, adding that, government would ensure that victims are properly reintegrated, rehabilitated and takes note of their special needs.

According to her, ever since the ratification of the transnational organised crime convention, with its three attached protocols on trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and illicit manufacturing and trafficking of firearms. the country has been on her feet.

“The fight against human trafficking in Nigeria has taken a very positive dimension, the country has since been at the forefront of tackling human trafficking and irregular migration in Africa.

“This has achieved great milestones with support from the EU members who have supported the UN system here in the country and other international development partners like UNODC, IOM, ICMPD, Expertise France, FIIAPP and ECOWAS.

“I commend the EU in Nigeria through FIIAPP for putting today’s event together as a way of reminding us as a nation of the present danger that trafficking in persons and irregular migration poses in our developmental efforts.’’

She said innocent women and children who represents the future of any society are the major victims of human trafficking, ‘but this heinous crime deprives them of their freedom and dignity.’’

The representative of European Union, Mr Reuben Alba, called for more action against the crime of human trafficking and irregular migration in Nigeria.

He said that record shows that millions of Nigerian children are out of school, hence, they are vulnerable to human trafficking.

Alba said that crime against humanity is about selling people, and that this has destroyed what many have laboured for.

He said that stakeholders must continue to track down those who are eager to make profit from the crime of selling their fellow human being.

The Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Juan Ignacio Sell appreciated the European Union for funding the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM) and working with FIIAPP to support Nigerian government efforts in addressing the scourge.  He expressed his happiness on the achievements made under the A-TIPSOM Project. 

Mr Jose-Antonio Nsang, the FIIAPP/A-TIPSOM Institutional Coordinator, said his organisaion would continue to support NAPTIP and other civil society organisation with capacity building to do their job better.

According to him, human trafficking criminals are everywhere, and that law enforcement agencies must employ technology devices to do their work in the fight against human trafficking.

He said that the programme marking the 2022 EU Anti-Trafficking Day was a call to remind all organisations of their responsibilities.

He further stated that part of the EU Anti-Trafficking Activities, FIIAPP and NACTAL has carried out sensitization programs on dangers of human trafficking across seven(7) states in Nigeria.

Mr Osita Osemene, Head of Programme and National Secretary, Network of All Civil Society against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), commended EU contribution for combatting trafficking in Nigeria.

He said that EU had done tremendously well in ensuring that prevention on issues of human trafficking had been achieved to a great extent in Nigeria.

According to him, EU is organising the day’s event to ensure that partners scale up their voices against scourge, and to ensure that they all come together in form of collaboration.

He disclosed that NACTAL was carrying out sensitisation programme through-out all the states in Nigeria to commemorate the EU Anti-Trafficking Day.

“The awareness is high, we are trying to measure up with what the traffickers are doing, and we are trying to build a system that will be proactive.

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