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NAPTIP Storms Niger State Against Human Trafficking

As part of its public awareness drive, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP) recently took Minna the Niger State capital and Edati Local Government Area of the state by storm campaigning against human trafficking.
 
As part of its public awareness drive, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP) recently took Minna the Niger State capital and Edati Local Government Area of the state by storm campaigning against human trafficking.
 
The Objective of the programme was to create awareness & sensitize relevant stakeholders in the state and the rural communities on the scourge of Human Trafficking and the dangers it poses to communal co-existence and national development.
 
Speaking in Minna at a Community Dialogue, the Executive Secretary, Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba (OON) explained that the programme was part of the Agency’s activities towards the eradication of Trafficking in Persons (TIP). ‘’Sensitization and advocacy campaigns are organized from time to time which is targeted at communities and different publics that are prone to the crime’’, she stated.
 
The Executive Secretary who spoke through the Ag Director, Public Enlightenment Department of the Agency, Mr. Arinze Orakwue emphasized that the responsibility of tackling the menace of trafficking in persons was a collective one. She urged participants to add their voice in condemnation of the horrendous crime against humanity, stressing that poverty cannot be used as an excuse to use fellow citizens for exploitation of the worst kind and for selfish financial benefits.
 
The NAPTIP Boss maintained that the consequences of human trafficking were enormous. ‘’The consequences of human trafficking are quite enormous and among other things lead to other organized crimes, and results in increased public sector cost mainly due to higher health expenditure as a result of eventual spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS which trafficked persons are likely to be exposed to’’, she stated.
 
She urged participants to remain resolute in their determination to curb the crime, adding that all men and women of good will in the state must speak out and discourage further movement of children from the state to major cities across the country to be engaged in exploitative child labour.
 
She however, warned that the Agency will as always apply the relevant sections of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law and Administration Act, 2003 as amended against anyone involved in the crime irrespective of the persons standing in the society.
 
She urged participants drawn from different parts of the State to assist the Agency and the country in carrying the campaign to their communities as an exercise of their civic duties to humanity.
 
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender and Social Development of Niger State, Princess Rachael Yisa commended the Agency on the steps being taken to fight the crime of Human Trafficking. The Community Dialogue she said, was a step in the right direction and should be held regularly as a proactive measure to prevent the crime.
 
She however, disclosed that the victims of Human Trafficking who were rescued and returned by NAPTIP to Niger state in 2006 were rehabilitated and reintegrated into their Edati Local Government Area communities.
 
She urged participants to return to their communities and organisations to enlighten other people as their contribution to building a better society.
 
Participants were drawn from traditional Rulers, Law Enforcement Agents, Market men and women Associations, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Faith-based organisations, Commercial Motor cycle and Tricycle Riders, Civil Society Organisations, Educational Institutions, Public servants, the Media amongst others.
 
The train also moved to Enagi, Edati Local Government Area for a sensitization campaign where rural dwellers turned out in their numbers.
 
The Chairman Edati L.G.A represented by Hon. Sani Hassan pledged to partner with the Agency in eradicating the issue of human trafficking within the local government through enlightenment.
According to him, educating the people on the ills of Human Trafficking is no doubt a step in the right direction. He however, called on parents to desist from sending their children out as house helps.
 
Participants however, called for more of such programmes so that the issue would remain in their consciousness.