Uploaded by on December 13, 2021

From left: The Director General, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi while presenting certificate of participation to the President of the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM), Ajibola Abayomi on Friday December 10, 2021 in Keffi, Nassarawa State during a 3-day Training and Capacity Building Development on Standard Reporting Template for members of Trafficking In Persons Corps and Officers of Public Relations Unit of NAPTIP sponsored by FIIAPP.

The Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) has advocated collaboration between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons, NAPTIP.

It wants the Federal Government to allow NAPTIP to bear arms because the police have limited personnel with huge responsibilities at hand.

In a statement by the President, Mr Ajibola Abayomi, JIFORM appeals to Nigerians not to be carried away by the feats achieved by the NAPTIP over the years despite the obvious paucity of funds as there is a need to do more.

It says the Trafficking in Persons has assumed a dangerous dimension inimical to humanity such that every trafficked person is a huge loss to the nation, insisting that the time has come to cripple the traffickers more by tracking their illicit proceeds and funds as cash flow in and out of Nigeria.

According to the organization, every trafficked child is a potential president, governor or future leader and that is why the reportage capturing the injustice to the victims with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book by the media is always very crucial.

It adds that although the narrative on human trafficking is changing for good because NAPTIP is making the nation too hot for human traffickers, the fight must be sustained.

JIFORM stresses that there is a need to effectively fund the budget of the NAPTIP to enable it to deliver on its mandate, allow its presence in the 774 local governments, empower the agency to recruit more personnel across the nation and work more with the immigration service to strategically monitor the flow of migrants where necessary.

The organization cautions against arbitrary appointments of the leadership of the agency, noting that the emergence of three Director Generals for NAPTIP in less than six months, is not good for stability, with an appeal that the current DG of NAPTIP, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, a reputable Associate Professor of Law with passion for TIP will be retained for an adequate period to enable her to consolidate on the gains of the agency. In Nigeria, we need both strong leadership and institutions to achieve results.

JIFORM commends NAPTIP and the Fundación Internacional Para Iberoamérica de Administración Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP) a French agency otherwise known as International and Latin American Foundation of Administration and Public Policies) for facilitating a three-day training and capacity development aimed at enhancing the standard of reporting template for members of the Trafficking in Persons Media Corps which ended on Friday at Keffi, Nasarawa State.

It states that the training which focuses on the prevention strategy for Trafficking In Persons (TIP) and Smuggling of Migrants (SOM) under the Action Against Trafficking In Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) project funded by the European Union (EU) would further boost the confidence of journalists covering TIP and SOM.

By Abiola PETERS.

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