Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouk, has disclosed Federal Government’s resolve to provide the necessary support and resources to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, in order to adequately address the issue of human trafficking and other associated humanitarian crisis in the Country.

The Minister stated this in her office while receiving the newly appointed Director General of NAPTIP, ImaanSulaiman – Ibrahim who was on a courtesy visit to the Minister.

Nigerian Pilot gathered that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is the supervising Ministry for the Agency.

It would be recalled that ImaanSulaiman – Ibrahim, has assumed duty as the new Director General of the Agency on December, 21st 2020.

The Minister who described NAPTIP as a foremost Agency of Government whose mandate is critical in mitigating human trafficking and all forms abuses across Nigeria urged the Director General to build on the successes recorded by the Agency in the past and ensure evidence based activities that will further increase the visibility of the Agency.

While urging her to reach out to partners and other line ministries in order to secure full cooperation of the entire Nigeria, the Minister charged the NAPTIP boss to ensure that her programmes and activities clearly align with mandates of the Ministry.

Earlier in her address, the NAPTIP Director General  said that NAPTIP is fully committed to the prevention of all forms of human degradation and exploitation through the coordinated use of the nations crime prevention and law enforcement resources to stamp out human trafficking and to liberate and uplift the vulnerable, especially women, children and youths, from dehumanising and exploitative employment and usage, with the deployment of the Five PApproach such as policy development, prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnering with stakeholders to ensure their rehabilitation and effective reintegration of victims into the society.

“However, the Agency is inundated with challenges and draw backs that are hindering our growth and development. Some of the challenges observed in the course of the review of reports from departments, units and zonal commands of the Agency are largely administrative and operational. The Agency requires adequate funding to effectively execute its day-to-day operational activities. More so, there is the need for vehicles for administrative and operational purposes. We are equally incapacitated in the areas of inadequate office structure, and funding for operations such as surveillance, raids operations, investigations, and activities leading to the prosecution of perpetrators of the Human Trafficking crime”, the NAPTIP boss said.

She however assured the Minister of the determination of the Agency to continue to fulfil her mandates.

The visit was the first courtesy visit embarked by the Director General since her assumption of office.

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