Director –General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Dame Julie Okah – Donli, has advocated a customized rehabilitation packages for victims of human trafficking and irregular migration across the world in other to tackle the phenomenon holistically and effectively.
According to her, such package which will be developed with inputs from victims and focal counter trafficking institutions like NAPTIP in Nigeria, will be implemented in accordance with the agreed modalities in order to ensure that the victims are not re-trafficked while at the same time reduce the vulnerability of other segments of the society.
The NAPTIP Director – General stated this while receiving a delegation from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Justice who visited her at the NAPTIP Headquarters.
The visit was a follow up to the bilateral talks on migration related issues and return held during the Nigerian government delegation’s visit to Oslo in May, 2017.
Dame Julie Okah – Donli who lauded the Norwegian government for its supports and assistance to NAPTIP through various interventions since the past years, observed that there was the need to review the scope and contents of some of the rehabilitation packages for the victims so as to be able to achieve the desired results.
“It is critical at this point to review our rehabilitation packages and other assistance to victims of human trafficking and irregular migration in order to forestall any situation where they are re-trafficked. For example, it is not helpful to just train and buy a sewing machine for a victim who has no place to put and make money from it. Such victim might be persuaded to sell such item and move out of the country again.
“Let us begin to look at a comprehensive package that will include training of victims, building their capacity to manage business successfully, renting a shop and payment of one year rent for them while such victim will be followed-up through proper monitoring for two years before disengagement from the care giving radar of the Agency.
“It is also important to ensure that victim inputs are considered in form of choice of career so that their maximum cooperation is guaranteed during the implementation” the NAPTIP DG said.
She solicited for effective intelligence sharing between the two countries.
Earlier in his speech, the leader of the delegation, Morten Aasland from the Norwegian ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that the issue of human trafficking was key to the government of Norway due to its effects on any nation hence the visit.
While commending NAPTIP for its roles in countering activities of human traffickers, the visiting envoy expressed the readiness of the Norwegian government to partner with NAPTIP so as to tackle the issue of human trafficking from Nigeria.
The delegation was accompanied by the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Jens – Petter Kjemprud.
For: Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, NAPTIP
1st February, 2018