February 5, 2024

NAPTIP urged to partner CSOs for war against child trafficking

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By Fortune Eromosele, Abuja

A non-governmental organisation, Forum for Child Rights Promotion, FORCHI, has advised the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, to establish a united front with civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders to curb child trafficking in the country.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, International Coordinator FORCHI, Stacey Odinakachi, acknowledged the achievements of NAPTIP in the fight against child trafficking but urged the Agency to imbibe this strategy amongst others to aid in the fight.

According to her, “FORCHI believes that despite the progress made, challenges persist that require urgent attention and innovative solutions. The need for a comprehensive, well-coordinated, and adequately funded strategy to combat child trafficking is paramount. We propose the following recommendations:

“Enhanced Collaboration: Strengthen collaboration between NAPTIP and relevant stakeholders, including civil society organizations, international agencies, and local communities. A united front is essential to address the root causes and dynamics of child trafficking effectively.

“Awareness and Education: Intensify awareness campaigns and educational programs to empower communities with the knowledge to identify and report trafficking cases. Knowledge is a potent tool in preventing child trafficking.

“Capacity Building: Provide continuous training and capacity building for law enforcement officers, judicial personnel, and other stakeholders involved in combating child trafficking. This includes updating skills and knowledge to keep pace with evolving tactics employed by traffickers.

“Victim-Centric Approach: Prioritize the rehabilitation and reintegration of victims into society. NAPTIP should work closely with relevant agencies to provide holistic support, including psychological counseling, education, and vocational training.

“Legislative Reforms: Advocate for and support legislative reforms that strengthen penalties for traffickers and provide better protection for victims. The legal framework must evolve to effectively address the changing nature of child trafficking.”

As a call to action, FORCHI asked the federal government to prioritize the fight against child trafficking as a national emergency.

“The protection of our children is a collective responsibility, and we urge all Nigerians to join hands in this crucial battle.

“FORCHI remains committed to working alongside NAPTIP and other stakeholders to ensure that every child in Nigeria can grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. Together, we can eradicate the menace of child trafficking and build a future where every child’s rights are protected” Odinakachi stated.

Speaking in the same vein, National Coordinator, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, aligned with the recommendations of FORCHI and called for more sensitization.