Anambra Reports

NAPTIP, PRAWA train ex-trafficked victims on self-help in Anambra

NAPTIP

By Francis Ekpone

No fewer than 30 ex-vic­tims and potential vic­tims of human traffick­ing from Anambra state have received entrepreneurship and vocational development train­ing on various skills.

The 5-day training tagged “self-help group training” was organised by a non-govern­mental organisation, Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Ac­tion (PRAWA) in partnership with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and a civil society organisation, Integrat­ed Anti-Human Trafficking and Community Development Ini­tiative (INTACOM-Africa) with support from the Royal King­dom of the Netherlands.

The assistant programme officer of PRAWA, Ms Justina Laman, said the third phase of the training was to engage the youths to avoid being re-traf­ficked by the traffickers, add­ing that the NGO would em­power the trainees to become self-reliant.

“The future of these youths is our concern. We have trained them on entrepreneurial devel­opment and life planning skills which will help them plan their lives, to become aware of the skill they will go into and de­velop that confidence that will enable them to survive while the entrepreneurial develop­ment will help them establish and manage their businesses.

“In this last phase of the training, which is self-help group training, we trained them on how to access the revolving fund that will be re­leased by our supporters for their empowerment and, very soon, they will be empowered to start up their own business­es and manage them by them­selves” she said.

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On her part, the Enugu zon­al commander of NAPTIP, Mrs. Comfort Agboko, commended the PRAWA, INTA-COM Africa and the trainees for the suc­cessful completion of the pro­gramme and urged them to put all the knowledge they have acquired during the trainings into use.

She reiterated the commit­ment of NAPTIP to fighting the spate of human trafficking in Nigeria, saying that the agency would not rest until all perpe­trators are brought to book.

“Human trafficking is a crime and modern-day slav­ery and slavery has been with us since the creation of the world. The scourge can only be reduced not eradicated but I can assure you that human trafficking is gradually reduc­ing but the unfortunate thing is that illegal migration is now the order of the day, hence the increase in human trafficking. As an agency, we try our best to ensure that the suspected traffickers and smugglers’ ac­tivities are checkmated and anyone caught prosecuted” she warned.

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Agboko noted that the South East zone under her watch, within five months, made two arrests of suspected human traffickers, secured two con­victions and rescued three vic­tims. He added that the agen­cy, under her watch, would not rest on its oars until human trafficking is nipped in the bud.

She, however, called on all Nigerians to join hands with NAPTIP in exposing the wick­ed people whose main interest is to exploit the children and jeopardise their future.

While the executive direc­tor/founder of INTA-Com Af­rica, Okoye Hope Nkiruka, commended the consistency of PRAWA in the fight against traffickers, revealing that they had taken the sensitisation to schools, markets, some com­munities and tertiary institu­tions in Anambra state to en­lighten children and parents on the dangers of trafficking in the society.

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