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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, with funding from the Government of Canada, organized a four-day long training of trainers on data collection and analysis on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, TIP and SOM for officers of Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS,  National Agency for the Prohibition of  Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP.


UNODC said the training would equip officers from the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, with the necessary tools when working with data, but also to train data providers at federal and state levels to improve the overall national reporting on TIP and SOM in Nigeria.


According to the agency, it further engaged in the upcoming months with trained NAPTIP and NIS officers to conduct step-down trainings for NAPTIP and NIS zonal commands, recently established State Task Forces and other data providers.


“Strengthening evidence-based response to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in Nigeria, project funded by Canada, UNODC is currently conducting a threat assessment of trafficking in persons and related organized crime in Nigeria that will support NAPTIP and NIS in developing evidence-based policies and law enforcement strategies,” said UNODC.


Also, NIS Deputy Comptroller General, Ms. Anthonia Ifeoma Opara, said in her opening remarks that “this training of trainers is a commendable attempt by UNODC to strengthen the capacity of relevant agencies to generate and process data on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.”

Speaking also, NAPTIP’s Director of Research and Programme Development, Mr. OlusayoOlubiyi, added that “UNODC’s training will go a long way in enriching the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure our data is accurate and precise.”

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