The Executive Secretary of National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP), Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba has called on countries in the West African Sub-region to establish framework of coorporation and partnership as critical tool to combat trans-border crime.
Mrs. Jedy-Agba said such framework must include regular exchange of information, capacity building, bilateral intelligence facilitation to bridge, policy and systemic gap in different countries which criminals may take advantage of.
The Executive Secretary made this statement during the visit of a delegation of Gambian anti human trafficking agency led by their Chairman, Mr. Fafa Idrissa Mbai who are in NAPTIP for a study tour.
The NAPTIP boss called on countries of source and transit in the sub-region to close ranks and mount a road block through the initiation of similar laws, policies and agencies to combat the scourge of human trafficking.
Responding, the leader of the delegation and Chairman of National Agency Against Trafficking in Person Gambia, who is a former Attorney General of the Federation of Gambia, said they are here to draw from the rich pedigree and resources which NAPTIP Nigeria has gathered over the years to help them build their five month old agency in Gambia. The Chairman said their typology of the scourge is similar to what obtains in Nigeria.
Also speaking, the Acting Executive Secretary of the Gambian anti human trafficking agency, Mrs. Tulai Jawara Ceesay said that Nigerian has shown strong commitment and dedication in combating the crime as evidenced in the last evacuation of Nigerian girls from slavery in Mali.
In conclusion, the Executive Secretary of NAPTIP, Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba said the agency has reached out to all partners necessary to make their study tour a worthwhile effort and build their capacity for the good of all ECOWAS children.
posted 04th June, 2012
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