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Nigeria, Niger to work together to stamp out human trafficking

Nigeria and Niger Republic have agreed to work together for the purpose of stamping out the evil of human trafficking from both countries.

Signing the pact, Ms Julie Okah-Donli, Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP, signed on behalf of Nigeria, while her Nigerien counterpart, Madame Goge Maimouna Gazbo, signed for her country.

The two countries have signed a pact in order to eliminate the menace in both countries. The Vanguard reports have it that NAPTIP signed the agreement with Nigerien Agency Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (ANLTP/TIM) at a dinner event on Thursday in Abuja.

In a communique signed by heads of both agencies, Nigeria and Niger have agreed to work together to stamp out the evil of human trafficking from both countries. Ms Julie Okah-Donli, Director General of NAPTIP, signed on behalf of Nigeria, while her Nigerien counterpart, Madame Goge Maimouna Gazbo, signed for her country.

The reports said, among agreements in the communiqué are “finalisation and signing of a memorandum of understanding on the collaboration and organisation of joint sensitisation across border communities of both countries. Both agencies also agreed to establish a joint technical working group to work together in the area of investigation and training of counsellors and social workers on how to deal with trafficked victims, amongst others.”

Speaking at the event, the MAPTIP DG expressed confidence that the collaboration would achieve a positive result. “I believe that going forward, we have developed strategies for more successful approaches to stemming the tide of human trafficking from our countries. US govt applauds Obaseki’s economic reforms, fight against human trafficking

“This strong collaboration and partnership by both countries in the fight against human trafficking promises to be very effective and mutually rewarding,” she said. She thanked the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) for facilitating the event.

The confirmed that the Nigerien anti-trafficking boss, Maimouma Gazbo,  expressed confidence on the effectiveness of the partnership. The high point of the event, however, was award presentation to both Okah- Donli and Maimouna Gazbo by the ICMPD, represented by Mrs Moji Sodeinde.

Vanguard reports that officials of the Nigerien anti-human trafficking agency have been in Nigeria for the past one week to work out cooperation and collaboration terms with NAPTIP. NAPTIP had earlier on Thursday unveiled an anti-human trafficking module to be introduced into basic and senior secondary school curricula.

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Uche Godspower

Uche Godspower is a journalist and a news writer at InfoGuideNigeria.com. He loves to share trending information in Nigeria.

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