Thursday, May 29, 2008

Nigeria Needs Funding for Anti-Trafficking Efforts

Written by Chinyere Amalu

From the Vangaurd:

Executive Secretary of National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP), Mrs. Carol Ndaguba, says it requires about N3 billion to function effectively.

Announcing this in Abuja yesterday at the 12th National Stakeholders Consultative Forum on trafficking in persons, Mrs. Ndaguba called for inter-agency collaboration and renewed proactive intervention in the fight against human trafficking in the country.

Her words: “Due to the type of work we do in this agency, a lot of money is required, and this cannot be anything less than N2-3 billion. We need more than this but can start from somewhere. Also, you cannot rehabilitate victims of trafficking with an empty hand. So, we need a lot of assistance both financially to carry out this work.

“It takes a lot to handle the issue of human trafficking. We run a shelter home for them in all the states. In a month, we feed about 600 people currently in the shelters undergoing training and rehabilitation. So, we really need increased funding to do the job,” she said.

She described human trafficking as evil, adding that it required increased and sustained effort by all stakeholders to eradicate the crime from the society.

“It is expected that inter-agency collaboration and renewed proactive intervention mechanisms would lead to, among other things, enlightening the vulnerable population, widening the scope of our campaigns to effectively suppress and eradicate the evil activities of human traffickers especially at the grassroots level,” she said.

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