HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS MINISTRY, TO PARTNER WITH NGO ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has expressed interest to partner with Justice, Development & Peace Commission Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, a non- governmental organisation to reduce the incidence of trafficking in persons in the Country through advocacy.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo mni NPOM, disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Ministry by the Non Governmental Organisation in Abuja.
He stated that if religious groups are playing their roles it will go a long way to reduce crime in the country.
The Permanent Secretary implored the NGO to remain focused, support real programming and the agenda of making sure that Nigeria live in peace, and Nigerians have all amenities of life to enjoy.
He urged the NGO to advocate on other areas beyond justice and peace such as the problem of landmine, IDPs, insecurity, flooding, natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies.
Dr Gwarzo told them that at his tender age he attended Catholic Church Primary School and in his HIV and Aids advocacy, the first people that gave him support were the Catholic Church Archdioceses. He was permanently placed on their list of Master trainers, and he trained 26 Churches in Abuja and Lagos, which earned him an award by the Archdiocese to that effect.
Dr Gwarzo, assured them that the Ministry and NAPTiP will continue to partner with them in the fight against human trafficking
In his remarks, the Head of the delegation of Justice, Development & Peace Commission Catholic Archdiocese Abuja, Mr Ejeh Timothy, disclosed that their project is funded by the USAid, which they are the implementing partner.
He said the collaborations and activities carried out with NAPTIP have been fruitful.
Mr Timothy said that the project they are implementing is in trafficking in persons in Nigeria with FCT as their jurisdiction.
He informed the management of the Ministry that currently they have three advocacies that they are pushing, one of them is to increase the funding for NAPTIP because it is grossly underfunded and understaffed, the speedy trial of traffickers as well as the activation of trafficked victims trust fund.
In attendance, were Directors of the Ministry.
Rhoda Ishaku Iliya
Deputy Director Information
Wednesday 22nd March, 2023