Human Trafficking: U.S-based NGO chooses Nigeria as 1st African country to understudy Trafficking.
On Wednesday 26th February, 2020, United Way Worldwide, a U.S-based Non-Governmental Organization, visited the NAPTIP HQ in Abuja where it chose Nigeria as its first port of call for the understudy of human trafficking and other forms of slavery in Africa.
Ms. Janet Butler, the Vice President, Africa Region of the Organization said this at a stakeholder’s consultative forum on human trafficking and all forms of slavery in Nigeria organized by NAPTIP and United Way Worldwide.
Butler said since inception of the Organization 30 years ago, it had been advocating for human development, community development, as well as sensitizing the public on the need to be focused and desist from such negative tendencies.
According to her, in 2015, the organization inaugurated an Anti-Human trafficking and slavery arm to explore the issue in Africa in order to find a lasting solution to it.
In response, the Director General NAPTIP, represented by the Director Legal and Prosecution Barrister Abdulrahim Shaibu Opotu, thanked the Delegation from United Way and urged for further fruitful collaborations that will help the Agency ensure a human trafficking free nation while prosecuting traffickers.
Other stakeholders present included NACTAL, WOTCLEF, Save the Child Initiative, INTACOM AFRICA, etc.
“Nigeria is the first country we are exploring in Africa for such issue; we are here to do a landscaping analysis of those who are doing this work, the best practices and intervention that will work all in the aim of getting solution.
“We cannot be in Nigeria and not partner with the premier agency who focuses on trafficking in persons, so that is why we are here with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) which has graciously agree to hold this meeting.
“United Way Worldwide is an NGO, this is the landscape analysis Phase 1, our hope is that we are coming out of this; we are here to identify how the organisation can help to assist in the fight,’’ she stressed.
She said that the issue of trafficking and migration was everywhere in the world, adding that the issue seemed to be growing in the African continent.
Responding, the Director of Legal and Prosecution, NAPTIP, Mr Abdulrahim Shaibu, welcomed the idea of partnering with the agency, adding that the collaboration of other organisations would help to see to the end of the scourge of human trafficking.
Shaibu, who represented NAPTIP Director -General, Mrs Julie Okah-Donli said that leaders at all levels must rise up to help in addressing the issue of human trafficking in their various jurisdictions.
“There are so many regulations that are going, especially on the angle of research, this NGO wants to gather data, information that can be able to aid all stakeholders to be able to combat the crime of human trafficking.
“That is why they are here to work with all experts, and to gather information on the field across the country. They have told us they are working in African such Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South-Africa.
“Nigeria is actually their focus for now and they have chosen to work with us in NAPTIP, so that they can really achieve their own objective,’’ he said. (NAN)