NAPTIP AND UNODC ADVOCATE STRONGER COLLABORATION IN COMBATING HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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On January 12, 2024, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have jointly emphasised the need for increased collaborative efforts to combat human trafficking in Nigeria.

This call was made during the official handover ceremony of the Countering Human Trafficking Office in Lagos State, situated at the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA) headquarters in Oshodi. The office is slated for use by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of NAPTIP.

The initiative, funded by the United States government and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was implemented by UNODC in partnership with NAPTIP under two projects: “Improved Response to Trafficking in Persons in Nigeria (INL)” and “Strengthening Nigeria’s Criminal Justice Response to Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants.”

Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi, Director-General of NAPTIP, stressed the project’s significance; highlighting Lagos State’s role as a transit and destination for internal and external trafficking. She expressed concern about the rising number of Lagos indigenes being trafficked, and the need for a swift response.

While commending the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency(LNSA), and the Lagos State Task Force on Human Trafficking, Waziri-Azi called for strengthened partnerships to effectively address the issue. She also underscored the importance of awareness and education in preventing human trafficking.

Mr. Lawal Pedro, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State, described the project as a milestone in the government’s efforts to combat human trafficking. He emphasised the collaborative effort’s goal to create an enabling environment that facilitates rescue, referral, and reporting between NAPTIP, the state task force, and LNSA.

Mr. Danilo Campisi, Deputy Country Representative for UNODC, revealed their support for various States’ Task Forces on human trafficking, including capacity building, and the establishment of trafficking in persons offices.

Dr. Ifalade Oyekan, General Manager of LNSA, expressed gratitude to donors and partners for making the office’s establishment possible. He brought out the strengthened operations resulting from the collaborative efforts and anticipated a reduction in human trafficking through the joint initiatives.

Mr. Will Stevens, United States Consul General in Nigeria, underscored the critical role of the new office in strengthening Nigeria’s response to human trafficking. He emphasised the commitment to collaboration, information sharing, and continuous improvement in addressing the issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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