From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
The Project Manager of Expertise France, Nigeria, Mr. Benjamin Eneanya commended the European Union (EU) for its continued support, collaboration and coordination with the Federal Government, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, in the fight against human trafficking and irregular migration in Nigeria. .
The praise came just as he revealed that Expertise France had embarked on a massive awareness campaign targeting some endemic communities in Nigeria, on the dangers of human trafficking, among other notable interventions.
Eneanya presented the commendation to Abuja at an event marking the celebration of the European Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day 2022 organized by Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM) implemented by the FIIAPP with the support of the EU.
Expertise France’s project manager, who was one of the special guests, described human trafficking as a big concern for the world, as victims are sold as mere commodities and then subjected to forms of exploitation. the most vile, including sexual exploitation, labor, domestic servitude and organ harvesting: hence the need for concerted efforts to curb this ugly phenomenon.
Eneanya said, “The EU has been at the forefront of the fight against human trafficking by providing financial and technical assistance to countries, especially in the sub-Saharan region. In Nigeria, the EU provided support to the government through various international organisations.
He commended the EU and other stakeholders for their efforts in protecting Nigerian citizens, emphasizing that the battle against human trafficking can only be won through the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders.
Eneanya recalled that in 2019, Expertise France obtained special funding from the EU and France for the implementation of the regional project to support the fight against human trafficking in six countries of the Gulf of Guinea to a duration of four years (2019-2023).
“The objective of the project was to support the six partner countries (Togo, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Ghana and Nigeria) in strengthening their actions and capacities for a targeted and effective fight against human trafficking. .
“The project is structured around four components, namely (i) the consolidation of institutional, operational and preventive actions, (ii) repression, (iii) the protection of victims and (iv) regional cooperation.
“The project has helped the federal government build its capacity, both technical and human, to effectively combat human trafficking in the country. This has been achieved through upgrading the NAPTIP monitoring center to a world-class standard, supporting NAPTIP for toll-free IVR and USSD on short code *627# and 627CRM for reporting rapid response to TIP cases, provision of computers to NAPTIP frontex office manager to support their operations as well as upgrade of computer software – Advanced Research Engine System (ARES) which replaced SIDDA.net to expand access to Zonal LEA and NAPTIP commands, among several other interventions.