Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has sued for collaborative efforts against human trafficking. Dame Julie Okah-Donli, Director -General of the Agency who made the call on Tuesday at a town hall meeting of stakeholders on Human Trafficking/Irregular Migration, the launch of “Not For Sale” campaign, organised by NAPTIP in collaboration with the United KAFE Agency Institute for Development,(UKAID ) in Asaba, Delta state, explained that collaborative efforts in the fight against inhuman activities, would however provide fruitful results for possible end to the current trend of trade by “heartless” traffickers.
Represented by Mr Arinze Orakwe, Director of Intelligence and Public Enlightenment at the Agency, said the causes of human trafficking in the country has not changed, adding that only concerted efforts of all stakeholders would effect tremendous changes and arrest the urgly trend bedeviling Nigeria.
“The cause of the human trafficking had not changed; deprivation, unemployment, poverty, economic, collapse in family values are some of the triggers.
“This is part of the reasons why NAPTIP see the fight as collective responsibility, it is not something government alone can do and I am glad that Delta government has set up a task force to tackle the menace.
“The next thing is to encourage a free and functional education for the pupils and students so that they will have no reason not to go to school,” NAPTIP boss said
She noted that the campaign was tailored towards Edo/Delta because they have the highest number of people repatriated from Libya, but added that trafficking in all forms has become endemic, especially in other states in the country.
“This campaign is tagged, “Not for Sale” no child in Nigeria is for sale by anybody, so that is why we are here to sensitise the students.
“The students have been charged to share with the fellow students what they have learnt that it pays to work hard and make it in the country because it does not seem rossy abroad as traffickers often promise.
“Benin kingdom fought against slave trade long ago, so, choosing Edo /Delta for this campaign, we want to underscore that old belief that our children are not for sale by anybody,” Okah-Donli explained She disclosed that Agency’s major challenge had been funding, adding that NAPTIP had canvassed for human trafficking to be included in school curriculum with a view to mentally empower the students as part of its achievements, unfortunately had not achieved its desired objective.
She however lauded the UKAid for its support, and commended the Delta Government for supporting the fight against human trafficking, and pledged to take the campaign to all the local government areas in the state.
The state governor Dr, Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by Mrs Genevieve Mordi, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on International Relations said his administration was committed to the eradication of human trafficking in the state.