The government of Germany has donated training materials to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). The Eight Million Naira (N8,000,000.00) worth of materials is part of the German Government’s support to the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria.
Some of the materials are: 100 classroom chairs, tables, computers, projectors and screen, complete public address system, photocopying machine, printers, generator and other vital training equipment.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony in Abuja, the Deputy Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Mrs. Regine Hess described human trafficking as a complicated crime that required efforts of well trained law enforcement officers to combat. She explained that such an understanding informed the donation to beef up the Training Resource Centre (TRC) of NAPTIP.
Mrs Hess disclosed that the incidence of human trafficking in Nigeria attracted the attention of the German government when it was obvious that greater number of the trafficked victims were from the Benin City area of the country, hence the need to urgently control the phenomenon.
The Deputy Ambassador who identified awareness creation as well as prosecution as some of the vital tools of reducing human trafficking in Nigeria, observed that in order to be able to achieve the desired result, Officers and men of the Agency must be well trained.
While expressing satisfaction with the performance of the Agency, the German envoy said the donation of the training equipment was part of the commitment of the Germany government towards good governance in Nigeria.
She called for renewed efforts in the area of sensitization within the endemic communities of Edo state so as to further enlighten youths and other stakeholder on the inherent dangers of human trafficking.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting Director- General of NAPTIP, Mr. Abdulrazak Dangiri, lauded the Germany government for the donation stating that it will further boost the efforts of the Agency in confronting human trafficking with all the attention it deserves.
The Acting Director – General said “Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that knows no age, boundary and creed. It needs well informed and capable personnel to confront it adequately”. He however, stressed the resolve of the Agency to bring an end to human trafficking in Nigeria, adding that more support and collaboration was required to achieve that.
While promising judicious utilization of the equipment, the NAPTIP boss added that the training centre will also serve other sister Law Enforcement Agencies in Nigeria and the West African Sub-region.
Highlight of the ceremony was the formal presentation of the equipment to the NAPTIP Acting Director-General and a tour of the Training Resource Centre.
For: Head, Press and Public Relations (NAPTIP)