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Foundation upgrades, refurbishes selected human trafficking shelters



Foundation upgrades, refurbishes selected human trafficking shelters

By Aderogba George

The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP) claims to have modernized and renovated 17 shelters for victims of human trafficking across the country.

The FIIAPP is a Spanish public foundation working on a project in Nigeria titled: “Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (ATIPSOM) Funded by the EU to End the Threat of Human Trafficking .

ATIPSOM team leader in Nigeria, Mr. Raphael-Rios Molina, made this known during a media engagement in Abuja on Thursday.

The modernized and renovated shelters are the Network Against Trafficking, Abuse and Child Labor (NACTAL), the MeCAHT shelter, Abuja, the NACTAL Cosudow shelter and the SEYP shelter, both located in the city of Benin, in Edo State.

The other shelters are the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) shelters in Benin, Osogbo and Abuja, Makurdi, Kano and Sokoto respectively.

Also, the Emmanuel foundation for the children of the world, the Ark Children Home, the Rehoboth houses and the skills acquisition center, La Vie Not Global Mission AKA Living Word Mission (LIWOM), the Fondation Filles d’Abraham (DOAF ), Abuja.

Also listed are the Galilee Shelter Ibadan refuge, the Abuja refuge of the Foundation for the Eradication of Trafficking in Women and Child Labor (WOTCLEF), the Illela Shelter Sokoto refuge of the Save the Child initiative and the FAHPAC refuge, Ibadan.

The A-TIPSOM team leader said the series of activities marking the European Anti-Trafficking Day that began in Lagos on October 9 with the film festival should remind Nigerians that “trafficking is real ”.

Molina said the FIIAPP had no reason to be happy with these activities, as human trafficking “is an illegal activity”.

He said the organization would continue to support Nigeria in this direction.

“We commemorate the European Anti-Trafficking Day scheduled for October 18th, with all these activities we would like to have more shelters, we would like to work in many places in Nigeria.

“Our objective is to offer a better quality of life to people, in particular to people who are victims of trafficking and who are smuggled out of their comfort zones; we will continue to support NAPTIP and NACTAL, ”he said.

Mr. Olubiyi Olusayo, Director of Research and Development, NAPTIP, who appreciated FIIAPP for the project, noted that smuggling and smuggling of migrants go hand in hand.

He said that efforts must be united by all to end these crimes, stressing that victims of trafficking need shelters to make their lives more conducive.

Olusayo said the agency is working to provide shelters for victims of trafficking in all states of the federation, adding that NAPTIP will continue to seek more partnership.

Mr. Abdulganiyu Abubakar, National President of NACTAL, said that the modernization and renovation of the shelter for victims of trafficking was a milestone in the past 16 years of NACTAL.

He appreciated the basis for the important work, adding that the network had sought how to make the environment conducive to victims of trafficking.

According to him, the foundation is different in many ways from other organizations he has met, and the organization’s humanitarian interventions cross the country.

He said the FIIAPP had taken the initiative not to focus only on Abuja but across the country, saying it was the first time that a partner had invested heavily in the country.

Abubakar pleaded with the media to spread the message against human trafficking and smuggling across the country to help eradicate the scourge.

Other partners such as the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Police were present at the event.

Source: NAN

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