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Ahead of 2021  World Day against Human Trafficking, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, in collaboration with development partners, United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes, UNODC,  International Organization on Migration, IOM, and the International and Ibero American Foundation, FIIAPP, has highlighted Nigeria’s preparedness and lined up activities to commemorate the event.

Briefing journalist on Tuesday, on the lined-up activities, the   Director-General, Hon. Basheer Garba Muhammed said NAPTIP has put in place a set of activities.

He said activities were being done in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, International Organization on Migration, IOM, and the International and Ibero American Foundation, FIIAPP, which include: anti-Trafficking Awareness Walk (from old parade ground to millennium Park), World Day against Human Trafficking main event at NAF Conference Centre, Abuja, and others.

Represented by the Director, Legal and prosecution Dept, Mr. Hassan Tahir, Muhammed explained that in December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly decided by its Resolution A/RES/68/192 entitled “Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons” to observe July 30 of every year as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The rationale behind the choice of this date lies in the fact that the UN Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons, the first universal and comprehensive document concerning the issue of combating human trafficking, was adopted on July 30, 2010. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness on the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” Since this declaration, various State Parties including Nigeria have been taking a number of actions to commemorate this day every year.

The DG said the theme for the 2021 World Day against Human Trafficking is: ‘’Victims’ Voices Lead the Way.’’

He said NAPTIP will also be launching the Harmonised Screening and Reporting Tools for the identification of Victims of Human Trafficking, developed with the support of the IOM.

According to Muhammed, Nigeria has now been upgraded to the Tier 2 list in the just-released US 2021 TIP Report. “While we have commenced clinical diagnosis of the report with a view to noting areas of improvement, the Agency shall continue to work assiduously with all partners and Stakeholders towards the fulfillment of the required minimum standards in the mitigation of human trafficking in the country,” he said.

Speaking also, the IOM, Head of Programme, Prestage Murima noted that the issue of human trafficking is called for serious concern.

Murima said that IOM has been supporting the fight against human trafficking by providing shelters, rehabilitation of victims, and providing medical support.

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