Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi, Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), called for capacity building and collaboration among stakeholders to tackle the threat of irregular migration and trafficking.
Waziri-Azi made the call Tuesday in Abuja during the inaugural meeting of the Border Management Stakeholder Committee.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting was organized by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), supported by the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP).
FIIAPP is the provider of a project titled: Action against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM), funded by the European Union.
NAN reports that program stakeholders included: NIS, NAPTIP, Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), among others.
Waziri-Azi highlighted the need for stakeholder capacity building and strong collaboration in order to win the war against irregular migration and human trafficking.
According to her, NAPTIP alone cannot tackle irregular migration and human trafficking, adding, “That is why the collaboration platform is important, because both concepts involve movement of people.
“We must continue to build our capacity to counter this threat; we are rapidly moving from offline recruitment to online recruitment.
“We at NAPTIP cannot do this alone; we rely on our sister agencies to do the job efficiently.
“Collaboration is crucial, and this platform will solidify our relationship. We need to keep encouraging each other and working together,” she said.
The Acting Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Alhaji Idris Jere, urged the committee to work in accordance with the requirements of their job and the laws governing their various agencies.
Jere, who was represented by an Assistant Comptroller General for Visas and Residence, Mr. Ishaka Haliru, urged the committee to see themselves as stakeholders in protecting Nigeria.
He said it was worrying to see many Nigerians showing disrespect to uniformed personnel, saying that ironically the same Nigerians showed their different sides to uniformed personnel whenever they traveled outside the country.
Jere, however, called on stakeholders to also up their games through improved attitude change in their interactions and relationships with audience members.
According to him, it is only when there is a building of trust that credible sharing of information between stakeholders can be achieved.
He also underlined the importance of relations between border communities to combat the threat of irregular migration and human trafficking.
Jere also highlighted the benefits members would derive from the training at the inaugural meeting, which he said would go a long way in achieving effective border management.
Earlier in his welcome address, A-TIPSOM Team Leader, Mr. Rafael-Rios Molina, called for mutual understanding among stakeholders, saying this has become necessary to overcome the issue of irregular migration.
According to him, the FIIAPP, as the foundation providing the A-TIPSOM project in Nigeria, is determined to support the country in tackling irregular migration and issues related to human trafficking.
He said that the A-TIPSOM project was working in different fields, covering national, international and regional levels, while thanking all the stakeholders for their determination to work on their discourse.
The chairman of the committee, ACG Aminu Mohammed and the co-chairman, Mr. Daniel Atokolo of NAPTIP, expressed their readiness to do their best to ensure proper management of the national borders. (
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