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Phase 2 Of NOT FOR SALE Campaign Ends

On Thursday 12th March, 2020 the second phase of the ‘Not-for-sale’ campaign came to an end with a panel discussion involving the DG NAPTIP Dame Julie Okah-Donli, the Edo and Delta States Attorney Generals / Commissioners for Justice, Prof Yinka Omoregbe and Justice Peter Mrakpor.

Also present was the UK High Commissioner to Nigeria Catriona Laing. During her speech, Catriona Laing, said that the “Not-for-sale” campaign was geared towards reminding all Nigerians on the seriousness of human trafficking issues in Nigeria.

According to her, human trafficking is one of the worlds’ most horrible problems and Nigeria has been greatly endemic with the issue, hence the need to continue to campaign against it.
“We have to confront this; over 1.1 million Nigerians are living in slavery, this campaign is all about reaching out to young women and girls; the campaign has been successful since its launch.

“We are working with DFID to stamp out trafficking in Nigeria, we are also working with NAPTIP on the law enforcement angle, let’s continue to collaborate; don’t sell the future of your daughter,” she stressed.

The Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli stated that the Agency is looking into the possibility of having a human traffickers register. The idea is to name and shame human traffickers as a control measure to curbing this menace.

“If criminals can form networks to commit crimes in our society, then organizations of goodwill must close ranks and partner to combat and surmount them, she said.

“Furthermore, the DG stated that NAPTIP with the support of the UK Cabinet Office is reshaping behavioral communication efforts in the Agency’s awareness campaign with paradigms to rekindle the pride in Nigerian youths and to discontinue the assumption that the streets of Europe are painted with Gold,”

The Attorney-General and Commissioners for Justice from Edo and Delta States, who are chairmen of the taskforce teams on trafficking issues in their respective states, were present at the event. Both reiterated the need to have a good judicial system in place to be able to fight human trafficking.

The “Not-for-sale” campaign was to discourage young Nigerians to say no to human traffickers and smugglers of migrants.

The objective of the project was also to identify young Nigerians who in spite of the lures and harmful attractions of the scourge of traffickers, resist this path and choose to stay back in Nigeria and contribute to its development.

“If criminals can form networks to commit crimes in our society, then organisations of goodwill must close ranks and partner to combat and surmount them.

“NAPTIP with the support of UK Cabinet Office is reshaping behavioural communication efforts in our awareness campaign with paradigms to rekindle the pride in Nigerian youths.

“And to discontinue the assumption that the street of Europe are painted with Gold,” Okah-Donli said.

According to her, NAPTIP collaboration with the UK Cabinet Office have yielded valuable results and called on other stakeholders of the agency to continue to be good ambassadors by working towards ending the menace of trafficking.

Mrs Catriona Laing, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, said that the “Not-for-sale” campaign was geared towards reminding all Nigerians on the seriousness of human trafficking issues in Nigeria.

According to her, human trafficking is one of the world most horrible problems and Nigeria has been greatly endemic with the issue, hence the need to continue to campaign against it.

“We have to confront this; over 1.1 million Nigerians are living in slavery, this campaign is all about reaching out to young women and girls; the campaign has been successful since its launch.

“We are working with DFID to stamp out trafficking in Nigeria, we are also working with NAPTIP on the law enforcement angle, let’s continue to collaborate; don’t sell the future of your daughter,” she stressed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the idea behind the “Not-for-sale” campaign was to discourage young Nigerians to say no to human traffickers and smugglers of migrants.

NAN also reports that the first phase of the project started in March 2019.
The objective of the project was to identify young Nigerians who in spite of the lures and harmful attraction of the scourge traffickers, resist this path and choose to stay back in Nigeria and contribute to its development.

The piloting states for this project are Edo, Delta, Lagos and Akwa Ibom.
The Attorney-General and Commissioners for Justice from Edo and Delta States, who are chairmen of the taskforce teams on trafficking issues in their respective states, were present at the event.