As part the activities of the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, A-TIPSOM, (a project funded by European Union), the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) and the Ministry of Budget and National Planning of Nigeria held the Project Steering and Coordination Committee(PSCC) Meeting in Abuja on 26th Jan 2023 with key beneficiaries: National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police Force, and Network of CSOs Against Trafficking (NACTAL).
The meeting was meant to take stock of the achievements made in 2022 and to present the work plan for 2023.
The PSCC meeting was attended by FIIAPP’s Director of Peace and Security, Miguel De Domingo, the Head of Democracy, Governance and Migration Mr Rueben Alba; Eleni Zerzelidou EU Project Officer on Migration and Drugs; Dr. Fatima Waziri–Azi, the Director-General of NAPTIP; Abdulganiyu Abubakar, the National President of NACTAL; and representatives Spanish Embassy.
While declaring the meeting open, the representative of the Coordinating Chairman and Minister of Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning commended both European Union and FIIAPP for their smooth implementation of A-TIPSOM project with Nigerian agencies.
In her goodwill message, the Director-General of NAPTIP commended the European Union and FIIAPP for the progress in the implementation of A-TIPSOM Project
The Technical Advisor of the A-TIPSOM Project highlighted the achievements of the activities implemented in 2022 and officially presented the 2023 Annual Workplan to the committee which was reviewed by the committee and approved by the Chairman in an agreement with the key beneficiaries.
Thereafter, the A-TIPSOM Team Leader, Mr. Federico Millan made a presentation on the Way Forward for sustaining the impact of A-TIPSOM project.
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, NIS, NPF and the representative of the civil society, NACTAL.