Nigeria’s Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons urged to make new action plan effective, feasible

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has been urged to make the new national action plan in the the fight against trafficking in persons effective and feasible in implementing the measure to tackle issues of human trafficking in the country.

The Migration Officer, Embassy of Switzerland, Manuel Muhlebach in his address at the opening of a three-day Stakeholders Workshop to develop a National Action Plan against human trafficking organised yesterday in Abuja said, his Embassy as a partners supports the ongoing deliberations to ensure that the new national action plan against human trafficking includes everyone who is a crucial stakeholder and to make sure that the new plan will be most effective and feasible for use.

Manuel said also said the Switzerland Embassy has been working with NAPTIP and supporting victims of human trafficking in the areas of prevention, prosecution, protection, partnership and policy, and will continue to engage with the agency in the five plan strategies.

The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) project coordinator, Mr. Azim Arshad also said they pledged their continuous support to NAPTIP on the elimination of human trafficking in Nigeria While commending the efforts NAPTIP for coordinating the role in the fight against human trafficking throughout the year 2020, and setting the roadmap to develop the new national plan against the menace even in the face of COVID-19 outbreak.

“We welcome the progress made in the development of the new national plan of action, the objective of this technical meeting is to build the structure of future action under different strategic goals, defining the roles and responsibilities of various partners.

He said they will continue to provide the necessary technical assistance to NAPTIP and other partners in structuring and drafting the action plan.

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