…..As Nigeria Celebrates World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
By Ruth Tene Natsa,
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) yesterday in Abuja, walked to kick out human trafficking in Nigeria.
This is even as Nigeria joined the world to celebrate World Day Against Trafficking in Persons today.
Speaking with Journalists which took off 7am at the Old Parade ground, the NAPTIP Director General, Julie Okah-Donli said the walk was to create awareness to the whole world in human trafficking.
The DG had earlier said NAPTIP, recognises human trafficking as a threat to human, national and international security as it desecrates the human person and fuels other crimes such as drug trafficking, arms smuggling and terrorism and urged destination countries to change the appreciation and understanding of TIP .
She urged Nations to see human trafficking ” as a wider issue of exploitation rather than primarily migration, rather than separating source and destination countries, develop a multi-pronged response which targets both local and international enforcement systems.”
She had also revealed that every state in Nigeria is affected by human trafficking, even as she assured that the Agency had secured the conviction of 323 Traffickers since inception and rescued and assisted more than 11,000 victims.
Ms Donli added that “This day July 30th is usually celebrated as the World Day Against Trafficking,so every body comes up with various kinds of events to just create awareness towards the plight of those victims of trafficking.
She further advised former victims to be strong and stay resolute, assuring there is hope for them”Thank God they are free from the shackles of evil human traffickers,and we advise them to be strong and resolute and they will make it in life” She said
The DG said as part of activities to mark the day,the agency had on Wednesday held the stakeholders forum,which was followed by a public lecture / presentation, while the walk came up yesterday. She said the programmes would conclude with a thanksgiving service today.
The DG added that they were joined by the Rotary club of Asokoro and Garki among several other volunteers
Also speaking Princess Joy Okoro of the Rotary club of Abuja Maitama, said they had collaborated with NAPTIP on walk because it Maternal and Child health is one of their focal point which aims on eradicating trafficking in the world.