NAPTIPs’ anti-human trafficking advocacy train continued on Thursday 27th August, 2020 with the inauguration of the Cross River State Task Force on Human Trafficking. The Task Force was inaugurated by His Excellency the Executive Governor of the State Professor Ben Ayade who was ably represented by the Deputy Governor, His Excellency Professor Ivara Esu OFR.
The Director General Dame Julie Okah-Donli in her speech, thanked the Cross River State Governor for the warm reception given to her and her team while congratulating His Excellency on the developmental projects currently ongoing in the State.
The Director General gave His Excellency an overview of NAPTIP, the Agency’s mode of operation as regards Human Trafficking, Sexual and Gender Based Violence as well as irregular migration. She further explained how NAPTIP is working sedulously to ensure that Cross River becomes a Human Trafficking and violent free state.
Furthermore, the Director General gave a statistical breakdown of Human Trafficking cases as it affects the State. The statistics showed that a total of 579 indigenes of Cross River have been rescued between 2005-2020. This consists of 382 females and 197 males. Children below 18years of age were 269 while adults were 310. She further stated that during the lockdown cushioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, 37 indigenes of Cross River were rescued from traffickers.
The Director General thanked the State Government for donating 2 buildings for a state office and a shelter and prayed the Government to donate operational vehicles to enable the Agency carry out its duties.
She also thanked the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for supporting this project.
In his response, the Deputy Governor praised the Director General for her love for humanity as it had become evident in her daily war waged against Human Trafficking and the traffickers. He promised that the State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Professor Ben Ayade will continue to ensure that NAPTIP is fully supported to enable the Agency carry out its duties.