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  •   UN agency facilitates return of 300 Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen Migrants Aden Yemen May 20 2022 The International Organisation for Migration IOM in Yemen said that it facilitated the return of 300 Ethiopian migrants from Yemen to their country this week This week IOM helped 300 Ethiopian migrants embark on two Voluntary Humanitarian Return VHR flights the UN migration agency said The VHR flights are the only safe and dignified pathway for migrants in Yemen to return home it said adding the programme is a lifeline for migrants struggling to survive amid conflict On May 12 Yemen government announced signing an agreement with the Ethiopian side to voluntarily transfer 5 000 illegal migrants from Yemen to the African country Yemen remains a transit country for tens of thousands of migrants traveling between the Horn of Africa and Saudi Arabia despite years of war UN reports indicated that many migrants in Yemen lived in precarious conditions and faced harsh living conditions without shelter or services Yemen had been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran backed Houthi militia seized control of several Northern provinces and forced the Saudi backed government out of the capital Sanaa NAN
    UN agency facilitates return of 300 Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen
      UN agency facilitates return of 300 Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen Migrants Aden Yemen May 20 2022 The International Organisation for Migration IOM in Yemen said that it facilitated the return of 300 Ethiopian migrants from Yemen to their country this week This week IOM helped 300 Ethiopian migrants embark on two Voluntary Humanitarian Return VHR flights the UN migration agency said The VHR flights are the only safe and dignified pathway for migrants in Yemen to return home it said adding the programme is a lifeline for migrants struggling to survive amid conflict On May 12 Yemen government announced signing an agreement with the Ethiopian side to voluntarily transfer 5 000 illegal migrants from Yemen to the African country Yemen remains a transit country for tens of thousands of migrants traveling between the Horn of Africa and Saudi Arabia despite years of war UN reports indicated that many migrants in Yemen lived in precarious conditions and faced harsh living conditions without shelter or services Yemen had been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran backed Houthi militia seized control of several Northern provinces and forced the Saudi backed government out of the capital Sanaa NAN
    UN agency facilitates return of 300 Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen
    Foreign8 months ago

    UN agency facilitates return of 300 Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen

    UN agency facilitates return of 300 Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen

     

    Migrants

    Aden, Yemen, May 20, 2022 The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Yemen said that it facilitated the return of 300 Ethiopian migrants from Yemen to their country this week.

    “This week, IOM helped 300 Ethiopian migrants embark on two Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) flights,” the UN migration agency said.

    “The VHR flights are the only safe and dignified pathway for migrants in Yemen to return home,” it said, adding the programme  is a lifeline for migrants struggling to survive amid conflict.

    On May 12, Yemen government announced signing an agreement with the Ethiopian side to voluntarily transfer 5,000 illegal migrants from Yemen to the African country.

    Yemen remains a transit country for tens of thousands of migrants traveling between the Horn of Africa and Saudi Arabia despite years of war.

    UN reports indicated that many migrants in Yemen lived in precarious conditions and faced harsh living conditions without shelter or services.

    Yemen had been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized control of several Northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed government out of the capital Sanaa. (

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  •  Nigeria at the ongoing first International Migration Review Forum IMRF has reiterated its commitment to implementing the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration GCM The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the goal of the IMFR is to review the progress made at the local national regional and global levels in implementing the GCM GCM enumerates 23 objectives for state action bolstered by specific commitments that seek to address challenges related to today s migration The quadrennial IMRF hosted by the president of the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York consisted of four interactive multi stakeholders round tables a policy dialogue and a plenary Federal Commissioner National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons IDPs Ms Imaan Suleiman Ibrahim said Nigeria was committed to implementing CGM through existing policies processes and institutions Delivering Nigeria s statement at IMRF Roundtable two Suleiman Ibrahim said there was need for a commitment by all stakeholders to ensure that a right based approach was deployed pre departure and post arrival of returnees Members states must commit to improving partnership and cooperation in facilitating safe and dignified reintegration through the development of Memorandum of Understandings between host countries and country of origin Likewise we wish to urge international partners to sustain support to both host and origin countries to develop stronger structures and frameworks that enhance sustainable reintegration of returnees she said Speaking on implementing the objective four of CGM Suleiman Ibrahim said Nigeria had embarked on birth registration of children of migrants born in IDPs camps and host countries The commissioner said the effort had helped to reduce vulnerabilities and increase protection of migrant children to ensure they were included in national development plans and programmes She said regrading Nigeria s implementation of Objective 21 namely to ensure sustainable reintegration of returned migrants the government of Nigeria had taken several steps Nigeria has embarked on development of socio economic activities programmes such as Trade Union Information on Return and Reintegration for Migrant Workers in Nigeria and Standard Operating Procedures SOP on Return Readmission and Reintegration The country has also established Reintegration Committees in seven states in Nigeria Case Management Expert Team and signed bilateral agreement to ensure sustainable reintegration the commissioner said In carrying out these activities Suleiman Ibrahim said the country endured a few challenges and inadequate collaboration with some host countries including insufficient or lack of information sharing and reluctance of some countries to enter into agreements with the Nigerian government There is also the challenge of mismatch of data with regards to identifying nationalities of returnees for seamless readmission she said The IMRF which started on Tuesday ends on Friday IOM is the coordinator of the UN Network on migration which ensures effective and coherent system wide support for the implementation of the GCM and supports the organisation of the four day IMRF Chaired by the president of the UN General Assembly the Forum is a chance to consolidate collaborative action and recognise the invaluable contributions migrants make to societies It provides an opportunity to identify remaining challenges and emerging migration issues requiring the attention of the international community NAN
    Nigeria reiterates commitment to implementing GCM agreement in New York
     Nigeria at the ongoing first International Migration Review Forum IMRF has reiterated its commitment to implementing the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration GCM The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the goal of the IMFR is to review the progress made at the local national regional and global levels in implementing the GCM GCM enumerates 23 objectives for state action bolstered by specific commitments that seek to address challenges related to today s migration The quadrennial IMRF hosted by the president of the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York consisted of four interactive multi stakeholders round tables a policy dialogue and a plenary Federal Commissioner National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons IDPs Ms Imaan Suleiman Ibrahim said Nigeria was committed to implementing CGM through existing policies processes and institutions Delivering Nigeria s statement at IMRF Roundtable two Suleiman Ibrahim said there was need for a commitment by all stakeholders to ensure that a right based approach was deployed pre departure and post arrival of returnees Members states must commit to improving partnership and cooperation in facilitating safe and dignified reintegration through the development of Memorandum of Understandings between host countries and country of origin Likewise we wish to urge international partners to sustain support to both host and origin countries to develop stronger structures and frameworks that enhance sustainable reintegration of returnees she said Speaking on implementing the objective four of CGM Suleiman Ibrahim said Nigeria had embarked on birth registration of children of migrants born in IDPs camps and host countries The commissioner said the effort had helped to reduce vulnerabilities and increase protection of migrant children to ensure they were included in national development plans and programmes She said regrading Nigeria s implementation of Objective 21 namely to ensure sustainable reintegration of returned migrants the government of Nigeria had taken several steps Nigeria has embarked on development of socio economic activities programmes such as Trade Union Information on Return and Reintegration for Migrant Workers in Nigeria and Standard Operating Procedures SOP on Return Readmission and Reintegration The country has also established Reintegration Committees in seven states in Nigeria Case Management Expert Team and signed bilateral agreement to ensure sustainable reintegration the commissioner said In carrying out these activities Suleiman Ibrahim said the country endured a few challenges and inadequate collaboration with some host countries including insufficient or lack of information sharing and reluctance of some countries to enter into agreements with the Nigerian government There is also the challenge of mismatch of data with regards to identifying nationalities of returnees for seamless readmission she said The IMRF which started on Tuesday ends on Friday IOM is the coordinator of the UN Network on migration which ensures effective and coherent system wide support for the implementation of the GCM and supports the organisation of the four day IMRF Chaired by the president of the UN General Assembly the Forum is a chance to consolidate collaborative action and recognise the invaluable contributions migrants make to societies It provides an opportunity to identify remaining challenges and emerging migration issues requiring the attention of the international community NAN
    Nigeria reiterates commitment to implementing GCM agreement in New York
    Foreign9 months ago

    Nigeria reiterates commitment to implementing GCM agreement in New York

    Nigeria, at the ongoing first International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), has reiterated its commitment to implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the goal of the IMFR is to review the progress made at the local, national, regional and global levels in implementing the GCM.

    GCM enumerates 23 objectives for state action, bolstered by specific commitments, that seek to address challenges related to today’s migration.

    The quadrennial IMRF, hosted by the president of the UN General Assembly, at UN headquarters in New York, consisted of four interactive multi-stakeholders round tables, a policy dialogue, and a plenary.

    Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Ms Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, said Nigeria was committed to implementing CGM through existing policies, processes and institutions.

    Delivering Nigeria’s statement at IMRF Roundtable two, Suleiman-Ibrahim, said there was need for a commitment by all stakeholders to ensure that a right-based approach was deployed pre-departure and post arrival of returnees.

    “Members states must commit to improving partnership and cooperation in facilitating safe and dignified reintegration through the development of Memorandum of Understandings between host countries and country of origin.

    “Likewise, we wish to urge international partners to sustain support to both host and origin countries to develop stronger structures and frameworks that enhance sustainable reintegration of returnees,” she said.

    Speaking on implementing the objective four of CGM, Suleiman-Ibrahim said Nigeria had embarked on birth registration of children of migrants born in IDPs camps and host countries.

    The commissioner said the effort had helped to reduce vulnerabilities and increase protection of migrant children to ensure they were included in national development plans and programmes.

    She said regrading Nigeria’s implementation of Objective 21; namely, to ensure sustainable reintegration of returned migrants, the government of Nigeria had taken several steps.

    “Nigeria has embarked on development of socio-economic activities programmes such as Trade Union Information on Return and Reintegration for Migrant Workers in Nigeria and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on Return, Readmission and Reintegration.

    “The country has also established Reintegration Committees in seven states in Nigeria; Case Management Expert Team and signed bilateral agreement to ensure sustainable reintegration,” the commissioner said.

    In carrying out these activities, Suleiman-Ibrahim said the country endured a few challenges and inadequate collaboration with some host countries, including insufficient or lack of information sharing and reluctance of some countries to enter into agreements with the Nigerian government.

    “There is also the challenge of mismatch of data with regards to identifying nationalities of returnees for seamless readmission,” she said.

    The IMRF, which started on Tuesday, ends on Friday.

    IOM is the coordinator of the UN Network on migration, which ensures effective and coherent system-wide support for the implementation of the GCM and supports the organisation of the four-day IMRF.

    Chaired by the president of the UN General Assembly, the Forum is a chance to consolidate collaborative action and recognise the invaluable contributions migrants make to societies.

    It provides an opportunity to identify remaining challenges, and emerging migration issues requiring the attention of the international community. (

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  •  The International Organization for Migration IOM said it had carried out a number of interventions to discourage irregular migration and trafficking in persons in Nigeria Mr Elijah Elaigwu the IOM Project Assistant Migration Raising Officer said this at the ongoing three day training for journalists on ethical and accurate migration reporting in Lagos Elaigwu said potential migrants in Nigeria lacked access to reliable information on the risk of irregular migration and alternatives to safe migration hence the need for projects to discourage them from migrating irregularly The training was organised by the International Organisation for Migration IOM Global Migration Media Academy GMMA In a presentation tittled Communication for Development C4D Elaigwu said C4D was designed to support positive behavioural change for the prevention of human trafficking and exploitation He noted that C4D was designed to support migrants to make informed decision and to sensitise communities to the danger of irregular migration The C4D audience according to Elaigwu were potential migrants returnees families religious leaders civil societies and government among others He listed the intervention projects to include carrying out about 132 community theatre shows and reaching 115 communities and 4 232 persons We carried out community dialogue and we have done about 174 sessions reaching out to about 3349 persons Engaged 81 government and NGOs partners We have carried out capacity building of 887 community members and C4D facilitators IOM has also trained 50 volunteer migrants conducted school and market advocacy conducted migrants speaking through arts In March we reached out to over 20 000 audience through mobile cinema and have used television radio and prints to create awareness he said According to him the IOM has recently partnered NWFL Laliga and Edo government in its bid to create awareness through sports and promote social cohesion between returnees and the communities He explained that the efforts had led to a reduction in the numbers of youths that migrated irregularly It is not true that irregular migration no longer happen in Edo as I read in the media recently it has only reduced following the efforts of IOM and the Federal Government he added NAN
    Organisation reels out interventions to discourage irregular migration in Nigeria.
     The International Organization for Migration IOM said it had carried out a number of interventions to discourage irregular migration and trafficking in persons in Nigeria Mr Elijah Elaigwu the IOM Project Assistant Migration Raising Officer said this at the ongoing three day training for journalists on ethical and accurate migration reporting in Lagos Elaigwu said potential migrants in Nigeria lacked access to reliable information on the risk of irregular migration and alternatives to safe migration hence the need for projects to discourage them from migrating irregularly The training was organised by the International Organisation for Migration IOM Global Migration Media Academy GMMA In a presentation tittled Communication for Development C4D Elaigwu said C4D was designed to support positive behavioural change for the prevention of human trafficking and exploitation He noted that C4D was designed to support migrants to make informed decision and to sensitise communities to the danger of irregular migration The C4D audience according to Elaigwu were potential migrants returnees families religious leaders civil societies and government among others He listed the intervention projects to include carrying out about 132 community theatre shows and reaching 115 communities and 4 232 persons We carried out community dialogue and we have done about 174 sessions reaching out to about 3349 persons Engaged 81 government and NGOs partners We have carried out capacity building of 887 community members and C4D facilitators IOM has also trained 50 volunteer migrants conducted school and market advocacy conducted migrants speaking through arts In March we reached out to over 20 000 audience through mobile cinema and have used television radio and prints to create awareness he said According to him the IOM has recently partnered NWFL Laliga and Edo government in its bid to create awareness through sports and promote social cohesion between returnees and the communities He explained that the efforts had led to a reduction in the numbers of youths that migrated irregularly It is not true that irregular migration no longer happen in Edo as I read in the media recently it has only reduced following the efforts of IOM and the Federal Government he added NAN
    Organisation reels out interventions to discourage irregular migration in Nigeria.
    General news9 months ago

    Organisation reels out interventions to discourage irregular migration in Nigeria.

    The International Organization for Migration IOM said it had carried out a number of interventions to discourage irregular migration and trafficking in persons in Nigeria.

    Mr. Elijah Elaigwu, the IOM Project Assistant Migration Raising Officer, said this at the ongoing three-day training for journalists on ethical and accurate migration reporting in Lagos

    Elaigwu said potential migrants in Nigeria lacked access to reliable information on the risk of irregular migration and alternatives to safe migration, hence the need for projects to discourage them from migrating irregularly.

    The training was organised by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Global Migration Media Academy (GMMA).

    In a presentation tittled Communication for Development (C4D), Elaigwu said C4D was designed to support positive behavioural change for the prevention of human trafficking and exploitation.

    He noted that C4D was designed to support migrants to make informed decision and to sensitise communities to the danger of irregular migration.

    The C4D audience, according to Elaigwu, were potential migrants, returnees, families, religious leaders, civil societies and government, among others.

    He listed the intervention projects
    to include carrying out about 132 community theatre shows and reaching 115 communities and 4,232 persons.

    “We carried out community dialogue and we have done about 174 sessions, reaching out to about 3349 persons. Engaged 81 government and NGOs partners.

    “We have carried out capacity building of 887 community members and C4D facilitators.

    “IOM has also trained 50 volunteer migrants, conducted school and market advocacy, conducted migrants, speaking through arts.

    “In March, we reached out to over 20,000 audience through mobile cinema and have used television, radio and prints to create awareness,” he said.

    According to him, the IOM has recently partnered NWFL-Laliga and Edo government in its bid to create awareness through sports and promote social cohesion between returnees and the communities.

    He explained that the efforts had led to a reduction in the numbers of youths that migrated irregularly.

    “It is not true that irregular migration no longer happen in Edo as I read in the media recently.

    “it has only reduced following the efforts of IOM and the Federal Government,” he added.

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  •  The International Organisation for Migration IOM Global Migration Media Academy GMMA has commended the Federal Government for its efforts in the fight against irregular migration and trafficking in persons The IOM s Awareness Raising Officer Nigeria Cyprine Cheptepkeny made the commendation at three day training for journalists on ethical and migration reporting in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was organised by IOM GMMA in partnership with the Pan Atlantic University PAU She also commended journalists for their role in the fight against irregular migration and trafficking in persons Cheptepkeny while welcoming participants to the training said it was part of the organisagion s approach to raising awareness about migration issues Cheptepkeny said the IOM s GMMA was established as a one stop shop for journalists and mass communication students to get well informed information and data as well as report migration issues accurately Since April 17 IOM in collaboration with MDAs has assisted more than 21 000 stranded migrants in Libya Niger Mali and other transit destination countries to voluntarily return to Nigeria The commitment of IOM can be seen in the capacity building of the media partners and other interventions for the returned migrants in Nigeria This training is unique because it is an avenue for IOM to strengthen ethical and accurate reportage she said Dr Mike Okolo the Dean of School of Media and Communication PAU congratulated participants and urged them to take the training seriously Represented by Dr Ezechukwu Isaac Ogugua a facilitator at the training Okolo said the training would enlighten them on the need to entrench ethical practices and standards in reporting migration issues He said that the mission of PAU was to advance knowledge in the media and communication through research and re skill the competencies of participants According to him participants at the end of the training will be able to conceptualise migration and human history Participants will be able to identify the importance of migration and easily unpack the various legal means open to humans to migrate According to him the training will also uncover the measurements of development in different economies of the world as well as underscore the media portrayal of development and its effect on migration The the three day capacity building which opened on Tuesday would end on Thursday NAN
    IOM commends FG’s efforts in tackling irregular migration, trafficking in persons
     The International Organisation for Migration IOM Global Migration Media Academy GMMA has commended the Federal Government for its efforts in the fight against irregular migration and trafficking in persons The IOM s Awareness Raising Officer Nigeria Cyprine Cheptepkeny made the commendation at three day training for journalists on ethical and migration reporting in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was organised by IOM GMMA in partnership with the Pan Atlantic University PAU She also commended journalists for their role in the fight against irregular migration and trafficking in persons Cheptepkeny while welcoming participants to the training said it was part of the organisagion s approach to raising awareness about migration issues Cheptepkeny said the IOM s GMMA was established as a one stop shop for journalists and mass communication students to get well informed information and data as well as report migration issues accurately Since April 17 IOM in collaboration with MDAs has assisted more than 21 000 stranded migrants in Libya Niger Mali and other transit destination countries to voluntarily return to Nigeria The commitment of IOM can be seen in the capacity building of the media partners and other interventions for the returned migrants in Nigeria This training is unique because it is an avenue for IOM to strengthen ethical and accurate reportage she said Dr Mike Okolo the Dean of School of Media and Communication PAU congratulated participants and urged them to take the training seriously Represented by Dr Ezechukwu Isaac Ogugua a facilitator at the training Okolo said the training would enlighten them on the need to entrench ethical practices and standards in reporting migration issues He said that the mission of PAU was to advance knowledge in the media and communication through research and re skill the competencies of participants According to him participants at the end of the training will be able to conceptualise migration and human history Participants will be able to identify the importance of migration and easily unpack the various legal means open to humans to migrate According to him the training will also uncover the measurements of development in different economies of the world as well as underscore the media portrayal of development and its effect on migration The the three day capacity building which opened on Tuesday would end on Thursday NAN
    IOM commends FG’s efforts in tackling irregular migration, trafficking in persons
    General news9 months ago

    IOM commends FG’s efforts in tackling irregular migration, trafficking in persons

    The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Global Migration Media Academy (GMMA), has commended the Federal Government for its efforts in the fight against irregular migration and trafficking in persons.

    The IOM’s Awareness Raising Officer, Nigeria, Cyprine Cheptepkeny made the commendation at three-day training for journalists on ethical and migration reporting in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was organised by IOM GMMA in partnership with the Pan Atlantic University (PAU).

    She also commended journalists for their role in the fight against irregular migration and trafficking in persons.

    Cheptepkeny, while welcoming participants to the training, said it was part of the organisagion’s approach to raising awareness about migration issues.

    Cheptepkeny said the IOM’s GMMA was established as a one-stop shop for journalists and mass communication students to get well-informed information and data as well as report migration issues accurately.

    “Since April 17, IOM in collaboration with MDAs has assisted more than 21,000 stranded migrants in Libya, Niger, Mali, and other transit destination countries to voluntarily return to Nigeria.

    “The commitment of IOM can be seen in the capacity building of the media partners and other interventions for the returned migrants in Nigeria.

    “This training is unique because it is an avenue for IOM to strengthen ethical and accurate reportage,’’ she said.

    Dr Mike Okolo, the Dean of School of Media and Communication, PAU congratulated participants, and urged them to take the training seriously.

    Represented by Dr Ezechukwu Isaac-Ogugua, a facilitator at the training, Okolo said the training would enlighten them on the need to entrench ethical practices and standards in reporting migration issues.

    He said that the mission of PAU was to advance knowledge in the media and communication through research and re-skill the competencies of participants.

    According to him, participants at the end of the training will be able to conceptualise migration and human history.

    “Participants will be able to identify the importance of migration and easily unpack the various legal means open to humans to migrate.’’

    According to him, the training will also uncover the measurements of development in different economies of the world, as well as underscore the media portrayal of development and its effect on migration.

    The the three- day capacity building which opened on Tuesday, would end on Thursday.


    (NAN)

  •   APO Group www APO opa com the leading pan African press release distribution and communications consultancy service is pleased to announce that it has won the prestigious PRovoke Africa SABER award for its campaign with the International Organization for Migration IOM www IOM int to reward ethical and responsible reporting on migration in Africa The SABER award recognizes the commitment of the APO Group and IOM to improve the global perception of migration issues in Africa Together the two organizations coordinated a journalism contest that attracted submissions from across the continent with eight winning journalists receiving their awards at a virtual press event that also included a discussion on the challenges of reporting on migration PRovoke Africa SABER Awards are Africa s premier public relations awards Held in Dar es Salaam Tanzania the 2022 SABER Awards attracted more than 2 000 entries from PR agencies across the continent A jury of industry leaders chaired by PRovoke Media founder Paul Holmes sought campaigns that were bold authentic shareable and captured the public imagination and the Migration project earned APO Group and IOM the award SABER in the Associations category The International Organization for Migration IOM is part of the United Nations System and is the main intergovernmental organization that promotes humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all IOM was established in 1951 and has a global presence in more than 100 countries The IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa commissioned the APO Group to launch a competition for African journalists reporting on migration The contest https bit ly 3NiMzra was designed to recognize outstanding stories from the region that shed light on migration from various perspectives including safe migration climate change and the reintegration of returning migrants Of particular importance to both the APO Group and IOM was debunking false and discriminatory narratives about migration in Africa The competition required submissions from journalists with stories that demonstrated balanced evidence based reporting and gave the public a clearer picture of the real issues With an unrivaled reputation for media relations in Africa and a broad reach across all 54 African countries the APO Group project team was able to promote competition among journalists across the continent But with logistical challenges caused by the pandemic they had to adopt a purely virtual campaign with the submission process press events and meeting of four thematic jury panels all coordinated online Despite this the results of the campaign were exceptional with 230 quality submissions received in English and French a total PR value generated of over 19 million and the virtual awards ceremony being broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube When we started this campaign it was essential that we had a partner who understood the African media and had deep contacts to attract proposals in West and Central Africa said Mia Barrett Head of Outreach at the IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa Central Africa We are delighted with this SABER award as it demonstrates the importance of our mission to change the narrative on migration in Africa APO Group has always championed fair and balanced reporting so it s great that we can give more prominence to compelling African stories that provide real insight into migration We are extremely grateful to IOM for the opportunity to participate in this campaign and share its determination to reward ethical journalism and shine a light on what is an important issue said APO Group Founder and President Nicolas Pompigne Mognard This is a joint press release from the International Organization for Migration IOM and APO Group
    APO Group and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) win prestigious public relations award for coordinating African journalism competition
      APO Group www APO opa com the leading pan African press release distribution and communications consultancy service is pleased to announce that it has won the prestigious PRovoke Africa SABER award for its campaign with the International Organization for Migration IOM www IOM int to reward ethical and responsible reporting on migration in Africa The SABER award recognizes the commitment of the APO Group and IOM to improve the global perception of migration issues in Africa Together the two organizations coordinated a journalism contest that attracted submissions from across the continent with eight winning journalists receiving their awards at a virtual press event that also included a discussion on the challenges of reporting on migration PRovoke Africa SABER Awards are Africa s premier public relations awards Held in Dar es Salaam Tanzania the 2022 SABER Awards attracted more than 2 000 entries from PR agencies across the continent A jury of industry leaders chaired by PRovoke Media founder Paul Holmes sought campaigns that were bold authentic shareable and captured the public imagination and the Migration project earned APO Group and IOM the award SABER in the Associations category The International Organization for Migration IOM is part of the United Nations System and is the main intergovernmental organization that promotes humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all IOM was established in 1951 and has a global presence in more than 100 countries The IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa commissioned the APO Group to launch a competition for African journalists reporting on migration The contest https bit ly 3NiMzra was designed to recognize outstanding stories from the region that shed light on migration from various perspectives including safe migration climate change and the reintegration of returning migrants Of particular importance to both the APO Group and IOM was debunking false and discriminatory narratives about migration in Africa The competition required submissions from journalists with stories that demonstrated balanced evidence based reporting and gave the public a clearer picture of the real issues With an unrivaled reputation for media relations in Africa and a broad reach across all 54 African countries the APO Group project team was able to promote competition among journalists across the continent But with logistical challenges caused by the pandemic they had to adopt a purely virtual campaign with the submission process press events and meeting of four thematic jury panels all coordinated online Despite this the results of the campaign were exceptional with 230 quality submissions received in English and French a total PR value generated of over 19 million and the virtual awards ceremony being broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube When we started this campaign it was essential that we had a partner who understood the African media and had deep contacts to attract proposals in West and Central Africa said Mia Barrett Head of Outreach at the IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa Central Africa We are delighted with this SABER award as it demonstrates the importance of our mission to change the narrative on migration in Africa APO Group has always championed fair and balanced reporting so it s great that we can give more prominence to compelling African stories that provide real insight into migration We are extremely grateful to IOM for the opportunity to participate in this campaign and share its determination to reward ethical journalism and shine a light on what is an important issue said APO Group Founder and President Nicolas Pompigne Mognard This is a joint press release from the International Organization for Migration IOM and APO Group
    APO Group and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) win prestigious public relations award for coordinating African journalism competition
    Africa9 months ago

    APO Group and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) win prestigious public relations award for coordinating African journalism competition

    APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading pan-African press release distribution and communications consultancy service, is pleased to announce that it has won the prestigious PRovoke Africa SABER award for its campaign with the International Organization for Migration. (IOM) (www.IOM.int) to reward ethical and responsible reporting on migration in Africa.

    The SABER award recognizes the commitment of the APO Group and IOM to improve the global perception of migration issues in Africa. Together, the two organizations coordinated a journalism contest that attracted submissions from across the continent, with eight winning journalists receiving their awards at a virtual press event that also included a discussion on the challenges of reporting on migration.

    PRovoke Africa SABER Awards are Africa's premier public relations awards. Held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the 2022 SABER Awards attracted more than 2,000 entries from PR agencies across the continent. A jury of industry leaders chaired by PRovoke Media founder Paul Holmes sought campaigns that were bold, authentic, shareable and captured the public imagination, and the Migration project earned APO Group and IOM the award SABER in the "Associations" category.

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is part of the United Nations System and is the main intergovernmental organization that promotes humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. IOM was established in 1951 and has a global presence in more than 100 countries.

    The IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa commissioned the APO Group to launch a competition for African journalists reporting on migration.

    The contest (https://bit.ly/3NiMzra) was designed to recognize outstanding stories from the region that shed light on migration from various perspectives, including safe migration, climate change, and the reintegration of returning migrants.

    Of particular importance to both the APO Group and IOM was debunking false and discriminatory narratives about migration in Africa. The competition required submissions from journalists with stories that demonstrated balanced, evidence-based reporting and gave the public a clearer picture of the real issues.

    With an unrivaled reputation for media relations in Africa and a broad reach across all 54 African countries, the APO Group project team was able to promote competition among journalists across the continent. But with logistical challenges caused by the pandemic, they had to adopt a purely virtual campaign, with the submission process, press events and meeting of four thematic jury panels all coordinated online.

    Despite this, the results of the campaign were exceptional, with 230 quality submissions received in English and French, a total PR value generated of over $19 million, and the virtual awards ceremony being broadcast live. on Facebook and YouTube.

    “When we started this campaign, it was essential that we had a partner who understood the African media and had deep contacts to attract proposals in West and Central Africa,” said Mia Barrett, Head of Outreach at the IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa. . Central Africa. "We are delighted with this SABER award as it demonstrates the importance of our mission to change the narrative on migration in Africa."

    “APO Group has always championed fair and balanced reporting, so it's great that we can give more prominence to compelling African stories that provide real insight into migration. We are extremely grateful to IOM for the opportunity to participate in this campaign and share its determination to reward ethical journalism and shine a light on what is an important issue,” said APO Group Founder and President Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard.

    This is a joint press release from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and APO Group.

  •  Irregular migration and human trafficking will no longer exist in Edo state Deputy Gov Philip Shaibu has observed He said that the feat could be attributed to the long term initiatives put in place to address the menace Shaibu spoke on Saturday in Benin during the opening ceremony of the International Organisation for Migration IOM Laliga Nigerian Women Football League NWFL Football tournament in Benin He noted that the state had continued to collaborate with stakeholders including IOM to strengthen the girl child education in the state He said that the state government had to protect the girl child through the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law Shaibu commended IOM and the wife of the state governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki for championing the fight against irregular migration in the state He also said that the sport event came at the right time when the state government was redefining the sports management in the state We are bringing the potential of the girl child and for them to have that confidence to know that God created them and planted something in them Every woman has a natural gift as a mother and in management affairs As far as sports is concerned it is awake today Edo has been on recess for decades in terms of sport But today Edo is back and its heart is beating Shaibu said Earlier Besty Obaseki said that the state government was concerned with wellbeing of girl child in the state She promised that the initiatives to raise awareness against the scourge of irregular migration would be sustained beyond the present administration Earlier Cyprine Cheptepkeny IOM Awareness Raising Officer said that the essence of the football tournament was to enlighten potential migrants on the dangers of irregular migration Cheptepkeny said that the state as well intended to use sports as a unifier because of the stigma most returnees face We are partnering with the Edo government in this IOM NWFL Football tournament to create awareness on issues of human trafficking and also promote safe migration We are partnering to sensitise the youth of the state to the right value because Edo has the highest number of returned migrants We have carried out some intervention that have impacted positively on the lives of returned migrants With the establishment of community based pineapple factory that is currently being managed by the returnees and fish farming businesses in communities in Edo the zeal to engage in irregular migration will die she said Cheptepkeny also noted that the government had provided mental health support services and shelter for the returned migrants to integrate them to the society NAN
    No more irregular migration in Edo — Shaibu
     Irregular migration and human trafficking will no longer exist in Edo state Deputy Gov Philip Shaibu has observed He said that the feat could be attributed to the long term initiatives put in place to address the menace Shaibu spoke on Saturday in Benin during the opening ceremony of the International Organisation for Migration IOM Laliga Nigerian Women Football League NWFL Football tournament in Benin He noted that the state had continued to collaborate with stakeholders including IOM to strengthen the girl child education in the state He said that the state government had to protect the girl child through the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law Shaibu commended IOM and the wife of the state governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki for championing the fight against irregular migration in the state He also said that the sport event came at the right time when the state government was redefining the sports management in the state We are bringing the potential of the girl child and for them to have that confidence to know that God created them and planted something in them Every woman has a natural gift as a mother and in management affairs As far as sports is concerned it is awake today Edo has been on recess for decades in terms of sport But today Edo is back and its heart is beating Shaibu said Earlier Besty Obaseki said that the state government was concerned with wellbeing of girl child in the state She promised that the initiatives to raise awareness against the scourge of irregular migration would be sustained beyond the present administration Earlier Cyprine Cheptepkeny IOM Awareness Raising Officer said that the essence of the football tournament was to enlighten potential migrants on the dangers of irregular migration Cheptepkeny said that the state as well intended to use sports as a unifier because of the stigma most returnees face We are partnering with the Edo government in this IOM NWFL Football tournament to create awareness on issues of human trafficking and also promote safe migration We are partnering to sensitise the youth of the state to the right value because Edo has the highest number of returned migrants We have carried out some intervention that have impacted positively on the lives of returned migrants With the establishment of community based pineapple factory that is currently being managed by the returnees and fish farming businesses in communities in Edo the zeal to engage in irregular migration will die she said Cheptepkeny also noted that the government had provided mental health support services and shelter for the returned migrants to integrate them to the society NAN
    No more irregular migration in Edo — Shaibu
    General news9 months ago

    No more irregular migration in Edo — Shaibu

    Irregular migration and human trafficking will no longer exist in Edo, state Deputy Gov. Philip Shaibu, has observed.

    He said that the feat could be attributed to the long-term initiatives put in place to address the menace. 

    Shaibu spoke on Saturday in Benin during the opening ceremony of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)-Laliga-Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) Football tournament in Benin.

    He noted that the state had continued to collaborate with stakeholders, including IOM to strengthen the girl-child education in the state.

    He said that the state government  had to protect the girl-child through the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law.

    Shaibu commended IOM and the wife of the state governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, for championing the fight against irregular migration in the state.

    He  also said that the sport event came at the right time when the state government was redefining the sports management in the state

    “We are bringing the potential of the girl-child and for them to have that confidence to know that God created them and planted something in them.

    “Every woman has a natural gift as a mother and in management affairs.

    “As far as sports is concerned, it is awake today, Edo has been on recess for decades in terms of sport. But today, Edo is back and its heart is beating,” Shaibu said.

    Earlier, Besty Obaseki said that the state government was concerned with wellbeing of girl child in the state.

    She promised that the initiatives to raise awareness against the scourge of irregular migration would be sustained beyond the present administration.

    Earlier, Cyprine Cheptepkeny, IOM Awareness Raising Officer, said that the essence of the football tournament was to enlighten potential migrants on the dangers of irregular migration.

    Cheptepkeny said that the state as well intended to  use sports as a unifier because of the stigma most returnees face.

    “We are partnering with the Edo government in this IOM- NWFL Football tournament to create awareness on issues of human trafficking and also promote safe migration.

    “We are partnering to sensitise the youth of the state to the right value because Edo has the highest number of returned migrants.

    “We have carried out some intervention that have impacted positively on the lives of returned migrants.

    “With the establishment of community-based pineapple factory that is currently being managed by the returnees and fish farming businesses in communities in Edo, the zeal to engage in irregular migration will die,” she said.

    Cheptepkeny also noted that the government had provided mental health support services and shelter for the returned migrants to integrate them to the society.

    (NAN)

  •  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stressed the need for cordial working relationship among stakeholders to tackle the menace of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in and out of the country The vice president who said this at the 25th National Stakeholders Consultative Forum on Human Trafficking stated that human trafficking and smuggling of migrants was a challenge of extra ordinary magnitude The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event also featured the presentation of three policy document on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants NAN also reports that the event was championed by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration IOM According to Osinabajo it is only by working together that the issue of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants can be won and that it is a course he supported dearly The vice president however admitted that to win the war against human trafficking and smuggling of migrants to be won totally the issue of poverty among Nigerians must first be tackled and it simply means investing on people According to him the Federal Government is doing everything within its ambit to address the issue of poverty through encouragement of Micro and Small Medium Enterprises MSME businesses granting of loans encouraging agriculture and others He said that the government would continue to go in this direction where poverty will be alleviated totally in the country The NAPTIP Director General Dr Fatima Waziri Azi described the three policy documents included the National Action Plan on Human Trafficking 2022 2026 Protocol for Identification Safe Return and Rehabilitation of Trafficked Persons 2022 Others according to her are the National Policy for Protection and Assistance to Trafficked Persons in Nigeria 2022 Revised Edition they were recently approved by the Federal Executive Council She disclosed that the National Stakeholders Consultative Forum was instituted in 2004 as a platform for stock taking amongst stakeholders working in the human trafficking space She added that it provided an avenue for all stakeholders to assess their efforts in addressing human trafficking According to her it is also a platform to examine successes setbacks in theory practice and actions taken by the government and the society as well as strengthen cooperation collaboration communication and partnership between the NAPTIP and its partners She stated further that since inception the agency had worked tirelessly in making human trafficking a national priority by putting the issue at the fore front of National and International discourse saying that a lot had happened since the last National Stakeholders Consultative Forum held in Nov 2019 The director general disclosed that the agency was currently having 261 ongoing cases in various courts across the country According to her due to the increase in state and interstate trafficking buying and selling of children and cryptic pregnancies NAPTIP has concluded partnership with Facebook and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States to set up Amber Alert Nigeria She stated that the process makes Facebook send alerts to targeted Facebook communities to help find missing children in Nigeria on time and real time Waziri Azi disclosed that the agency had commenced the establishment NAPTIP Anti Trafficking in Persons and Sexual and Gender Based Violence Vanguards in secondary schools According to her the vanguard intended to increase the capacity of students to identify and report incidents of human trafficking and SGBV in and outside their schools and to raise a generation of young people empowered to advocate against in Nigeria and promote safe migration as an option rather than irregular migration On his part the IOM Chief of Mission to Nigeria Mr Frantz Celestin stated that the organisation had been implementing Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration AVRR projects since 2001 the largest project with the highest caseload with the support of the European Union Trust Fund EUTF Celestin who was represented by Mrs Prestige Morina said that the organisation had also assisted NAPTIP in refurbishing three of its shelters in Enugu Akwa Ibom and Abuja and pledged the continuous support of the organization to the Nigeria government The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime UNODC Country Representative Mr Oliver Stolpe expressed happiness that UNODC had supported the process of the three policy documents from the beginning to their final stage According to Stolpe the UNODC supports document preparation by first conducting an in depth baseline assessment through preparing the ground for evidence based planning and the development of framework Subsequently we supported NAPTIP in the conduct of a wide range of stakeholder s consultations eventually producing the final draft which was endorsed by the Federal Executive Council FEC a few weeks ago The plan sets clear objectives charts a well calibrated implementation strategy establishes distinct institutional accountabilities and outlines ambitious timelines As such it prepares the ground for our collective efforts towards greater impact We welcome the strong focus on prevention and prosecution both critical in reducing the prevalence of human trafficking We also congratulate NAPTIP and all stakeholders on elevating data research monitoring and evaluation to a self standing objective enabling us to identify changes in the trend of trafficking Stolpe said NAN
    Osinbajo harps on working relationship among stakeholders to tackle human trafficking, smuggling
     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stressed the need for cordial working relationship among stakeholders to tackle the menace of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in and out of the country The vice president who said this at the 25th National Stakeholders Consultative Forum on Human Trafficking stated that human trafficking and smuggling of migrants was a challenge of extra ordinary magnitude The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event also featured the presentation of three policy document on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants NAN also reports that the event was championed by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration IOM According to Osinabajo it is only by working together that the issue of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants can be won and that it is a course he supported dearly The vice president however admitted that to win the war against human trafficking and smuggling of migrants to be won totally the issue of poverty among Nigerians must first be tackled and it simply means investing on people According to him the Federal Government is doing everything within its ambit to address the issue of poverty through encouragement of Micro and Small Medium Enterprises MSME businesses granting of loans encouraging agriculture and others He said that the government would continue to go in this direction where poverty will be alleviated totally in the country The NAPTIP Director General Dr Fatima Waziri Azi described the three policy documents included the National Action Plan on Human Trafficking 2022 2026 Protocol for Identification Safe Return and Rehabilitation of Trafficked Persons 2022 Others according to her are the National Policy for Protection and Assistance to Trafficked Persons in Nigeria 2022 Revised Edition they were recently approved by the Federal Executive Council She disclosed that the National Stakeholders Consultative Forum was instituted in 2004 as a platform for stock taking amongst stakeholders working in the human trafficking space She added that it provided an avenue for all stakeholders to assess their efforts in addressing human trafficking According to her it is also a platform to examine successes setbacks in theory practice and actions taken by the government and the society as well as strengthen cooperation collaboration communication and partnership between the NAPTIP and its partners She stated further that since inception the agency had worked tirelessly in making human trafficking a national priority by putting the issue at the fore front of National and International discourse saying that a lot had happened since the last National Stakeholders Consultative Forum held in Nov 2019 The director general disclosed that the agency was currently having 261 ongoing cases in various courts across the country According to her due to the increase in state and interstate trafficking buying and selling of children and cryptic pregnancies NAPTIP has concluded partnership with Facebook and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States to set up Amber Alert Nigeria She stated that the process makes Facebook send alerts to targeted Facebook communities to help find missing children in Nigeria on time and real time Waziri Azi disclosed that the agency had commenced the establishment NAPTIP Anti Trafficking in Persons and Sexual and Gender Based Violence Vanguards in secondary schools According to her the vanguard intended to increase the capacity of students to identify and report incidents of human trafficking and SGBV in and outside their schools and to raise a generation of young people empowered to advocate against in Nigeria and promote safe migration as an option rather than irregular migration On his part the IOM Chief of Mission to Nigeria Mr Frantz Celestin stated that the organisation had been implementing Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration AVRR projects since 2001 the largest project with the highest caseload with the support of the European Union Trust Fund EUTF Celestin who was represented by Mrs Prestige Morina said that the organisation had also assisted NAPTIP in refurbishing three of its shelters in Enugu Akwa Ibom and Abuja and pledged the continuous support of the organization to the Nigeria government The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime UNODC Country Representative Mr Oliver Stolpe expressed happiness that UNODC had supported the process of the three policy documents from the beginning to their final stage According to Stolpe the UNODC supports document preparation by first conducting an in depth baseline assessment through preparing the ground for evidence based planning and the development of framework Subsequently we supported NAPTIP in the conduct of a wide range of stakeholder s consultations eventually producing the final draft which was endorsed by the Federal Executive Council FEC a few weeks ago The plan sets clear objectives charts a well calibrated implementation strategy establishes distinct institutional accountabilities and outlines ambitious timelines As such it prepares the ground for our collective efforts towards greater impact We welcome the strong focus on prevention and prosecution both critical in reducing the prevalence of human trafficking We also congratulate NAPTIP and all stakeholders on elevating data research monitoring and evaluation to a self standing objective enabling us to identify changes in the trend of trafficking Stolpe said NAN
    Osinbajo harps on working relationship among stakeholders to tackle human trafficking, smuggling
    General news9 months ago

    Osinbajo harps on working relationship among stakeholders to tackle human trafficking, smuggling

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stressed the need for cordial working relationship among stakeholders to tackle the menace of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in and out of the country.

    The vice president, who said this at the 25th National Stakeholders Consultative Forum on Human Trafficking, stated that human trafficking and smuggling of migrants was a challenge of extra-ordinary magnitude.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event also featured the presentation of three policy document on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.

    NAN also reports that the event was championed by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

    According to Osinabajo, it is only by working together that the issue of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants can be won, and that it is a course he supported dearly.

    The vice president, however, admitted that to win the war against human trafficking and smuggling of migrants to be won totally, the issue of poverty among Nigerians must first be tackled, and it simply means investing on people.

    According to him, the Federal Government is doing everything within its ambit to address the issue of poverty through encouragement of Micro and Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) businesses, granting of loans, encouraging agriculture and others.

    He said that the government would continue to go in this direction where poverty will be alleviated totally in the country.

    The NAPTIP Director-General, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, described the three policy documents included the National Action Plan on Human Trafficking 2022-2026, Protocol for Identification, Safe Return and Rehabilitation of Trafficked Persons 2022.

    Others, according to her, are the National Policy for Protection and Assistance to Trafficked Persons in Nigeria (2022 Revised Edition), they were recently approved by the Federal Executive Council.

    She disclosed that the National Stakeholders Consultative Forum was instituted in 2004 as a platform for stock taking amongst stakeholders working in the human trafficking space

    She added that it provided an avenue for all stakeholders to assess their efforts in addressing human trafficking.

    According to her, it is also a platform to examine successes, setbacks, in theory, practice and actions taken by the government and the society as well as strengthen cooperation, collaboration, communication and partnership between the NAPTIP and its partners.

    She stated further that since inception, the agency had worked tirelessly in making human trafficking a national priority by putting the issue at the fore-front of National and International discourse, saying that a lot had happened since the last National Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum held in Nov. 2019.

    The director-general disclosed that the agency was currently having 261 ongoing cases in various courts across the country.

    According to her, due to the increase in state and interstate trafficking, buying and selling of children and cryptic pregnancies, NAPTIP has concluded partnership with Facebook and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in the United States, to set up Amber Alert Nigeria.

    She stated that the process makes Facebook send alerts to targeted Facebook communities to help find missing children in Nigeria on time and real time.

    Waziri-Azi disclosed that the agency had commenced the establishment NAPTIP Anti Trafficking in Persons and Sexual and Gender Based Violence Vanguards in secondary schools.

    According to her, the vanguard intended to increase the capacity of students to identify and report incidents of human trafficking and SGBV in and outside their schools and to raise a generation of young people empowered to advocate against in Nigeria and promote safe migration as an option rather than irregular migration.

    On his part, the IOM Chief of Mission to Nigeria, Mr Frantz Celestin, stated that the organisation had been implementing Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) projects since 2001, the largest project with the highest caseload with the support of the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF).

    Celestin, who was represented by Mrs Prestige Morina, said that the organisation had also assisted NAPTIP in refurbishing three of its shelters in Enugu, Akwa Ibom and Abuja, and pledged the continuous support of the organization to the Nigeria government.

    The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) Country Representative, Mr Oliver Stolpe, expressed happiness that UNODC had supported the process of the three policy documents from the beginning to their final stage.

    According to Stolpe, the UNODC supports document preparation by first conducting an in-depth baseline assessment through preparing the ground for evidence based planning, and the development of framework.

    “Subsequently, we supported NAPTIP in the conduct of a wide range of stakeholder’s consultations, eventually producing the final draft which was endorsed by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) a few weeks ago.

    “The plan sets clear objectives, charts a well-calibrated implementation strategy, establishes distinct institutional accountabilities and outlines ambitious timelines. As such it prepares the ground for our collective efforts towards greater impact.

    “We welcome the strong focus on prevention and prosecution both critical in reducing the prevalence of human trafficking.

    “We also congratulate NAPTIP and all stakeholders on elevating data, research, monitoring and evaluation to a self-standing objective enabling us to identify changes in the trend of trafficking,” Stolpe said. (

    (NAN)

  •  The International Organisation for Migration IOM says the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM under the Chairmanship of Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa is at the forefront of Nigerian Diaspora engagements globally Mr Frantz Celestin the out going Chief of Mission for IOM said this in a statement by Mr Gabriel Odu Media Public Relations and Protocols Unit of NiDCOM in Abuja According to Odu Celestin said this when NIDCOM s Management paid solidarity visit led by the Secretary to the Commission Dr Sule Bassi who represented the chairman Dabiri Erewa Nigeria is a worthy country having the best of the best African Diaspora globally adding that Nigerian immigrants in the United States alone have more PhD degree holders than anywhere else IOM is committed to pushing this frontally and encouraging them coming back home to push development Celestin said The IOM chief believed that after good years in Nigeria he was ably qualified to tell the Nigerian story of strength and resilience in achieving target goals Earlier Bassi commended the IOM chief for his exemplary leadership in helping NiDCOM take off immediately after its establishment with the publication of the National Diaspora Policy He added that it made Nigeria the first to engage its Diaspora training of foundation staff and honouring all NiDCOM activities and engagements He also said that the IOM Chief had helped made NiDCOM a reference Agency at continental and global levels with countries like Ethiopia Tanzania Namibia and Turkey embarking on study tour of NIDCOM as a model The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the IOM chief will be leaving Nigeria to Somalia after spending six years for further assignments NAN NAN
    NiDCOM is at forefront in engaging with Nigerians Diaspora, says IOM
     The International Organisation for Migration IOM says the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM under the Chairmanship of Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa is at the forefront of Nigerian Diaspora engagements globally Mr Frantz Celestin the out going Chief of Mission for IOM said this in a statement by Mr Gabriel Odu Media Public Relations and Protocols Unit of NiDCOM in Abuja According to Odu Celestin said this when NIDCOM s Management paid solidarity visit led by the Secretary to the Commission Dr Sule Bassi who represented the chairman Dabiri Erewa Nigeria is a worthy country having the best of the best African Diaspora globally adding that Nigerian immigrants in the United States alone have more PhD degree holders than anywhere else IOM is committed to pushing this frontally and encouraging them coming back home to push development Celestin said The IOM chief believed that after good years in Nigeria he was ably qualified to tell the Nigerian story of strength and resilience in achieving target goals Earlier Bassi commended the IOM chief for his exemplary leadership in helping NiDCOM take off immediately after its establishment with the publication of the National Diaspora Policy He added that it made Nigeria the first to engage its Diaspora training of foundation staff and honouring all NiDCOM activities and engagements He also said that the IOM Chief had helped made NiDCOM a reference Agency at continental and global levels with countries like Ethiopia Tanzania Namibia and Turkey embarking on study tour of NIDCOM as a model The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the IOM chief will be leaving Nigeria to Somalia after spending six years for further assignments NAN NAN
    NiDCOM is at forefront in engaging with Nigerians Diaspora, says IOM
    Foreign9 months ago

    NiDCOM is at forefront in engaging with Nigerians Diaspora, says IOM

    The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) under the Chairmanship of Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa is at the forefront of Nigerian Diaspora engagements globally.

    Mr Frantz Celestin, the out-going Chief of Mission for IOM, said this in a statement by Mr Gabriel Odu, Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit of NiDCOM in Abuja.

    According to Odu, Celestin said this when NIDCOM’s Management paid solidarity visit led by the Secretary to the Commission, Dr Sule Bassi, who represented the chairman Dabiri-Erewa.

    “Nigeria is a worthy country having the best of the best African Diaspora globally, adding that Nigerian immigrants in the United States alone have more PhD degree holders than anywhere else.

    “IOM is committed to pushing this frontally and encouraging them coming back home to push development,” Celestin said.

    The IOM chief believed that after good years in Nigeria, he was ably qualified to tell the Nigerian story of strength and resilience in achieving target goals.

    Earlier, Bassi commended the IOM chief for his exemplary leadership in helping NiDCOM take-off immediately after its establishment with the publication of the National Diaspora Policy.

    He added that it made Nigeria, the first to engage its Diaspora,  training of foundation staff and honouring all NiDCOM activities and engagements.

    He also said that the IOM Chief had helped made NiDCOM a reference Agency at continental and global levels with countries like Ethiopia, Tanzania, Namibia and Turkey, embarking on study tour of NIDCOM as a model.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the IOM chief will be leaving Nigeria to Somalia after spending six years for further assignments.(NAN)

    (NAN)

  •  A total of 5 133 747 Ukrainians have fled the country since Russia invaded on February 24 the UN refugee agency said on Friday The figure marks an increase of 48 387 from Thursday s data the UNHCR said Some 1 098 000 Ukrainians have left the country during April so far compared to 3 4 million for all of March Women and children make up 90 percent of those who fled abroad and men aged 18 to 60 who are eligible for military service are not allowed to leave The UN s International Organization for Migration IOM said another 218 000 third country nationals mostly students and migrant workers have also fled to neighboring countries Beyond the refugees the IOM estimates that 7 7 million people are displaced within Ukraine Before the invasion Ukraine had a population of 37 million in government controlled regions excluding Russian annexed Crimea and pro Russian separatist controlled regions in the east Meanwhile 1 1 million Ukrainians have returned to their country since the war began Here is a breakdown of how many Ukrainian refugees have fled to neighboring countries according to UNHCR Poland Almost six out of 10 Ukrainian refugees 2 867 241 so far have crossed into Poland Many of them have traveled to other states in Europe s Schengen open borders zone Meanwhile more than 800 000 people crossed from Poland into Ukraine Polish border guards said Before the war Poland was home to around 1 5 million Ukrainians mainly migrant workers Romania A total of 769 616 Ukrainians entered the EU member state including a large number who crossed from Moldova wedged between Romania and Ukraine The vast majority are believed to have gone to other countries Russia Another 578 255 refugees have sought refuge in Russia In addition 105 000 people crossed into Russia from the separatist controlled pro Russian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine between February 18 and 23 Hungary A total of 480 974 Ukrainians have entered Hungary Moldova The border with Moldova is the closest to the main port city of Odessa As of Wednesday a total of 430 170 Ukrainians had crossed into the non EU state one of the poorest in Europe Most have moved on Slovakia A total of 349 286 people crossed the shorter border from Ukraine into Slovakia Belarus Another 23 900 refugees have arrived north to Russia s close ally Belarus
    Tens of thousands of Ukrainians still fleeing war: UN
     A total of 5 133 747 Ukrainians have fled the country since Russia invaded on February 24 the UN refugee agency said on Friday The figure marks an increase of 48 387 from Thursday s data the UNHCR said Some 1 098 000 Ukrainians have left the country during April so far compared to 3 4 million for all of March Women and children make up 90 percent of those who fled abroad and men aged 18 to 60 who are eligible for military service are not allowed to leave The UN s International Organization for Migration IOM said another 218 000 third country nationals mostly students and migrant workers have also fled to neighboring countries Beyond the refugees the IOM estimates that 7 7 million people are displaced within Ukraine Before the invasion Ukraine had a population of 37 million in government controlled regions excluding Russian annexed Crimea and pro Russian separatist controlled regions in the east Meanwhile 1 1 million Ukrainians have returned to their country since the war began Here is a breakdown of how many Ukrainian refugees have fled to neighboring countries according to UNHCR Poland Almost six out of 10 Ukrainian refugees 2 867 241 so far have crossed into Poland Many of them have traveled to other states in Europe s Schengen open borders zone Meanwhile more than 800 000 people crossed from Poland into Ukraine Polish border guards said Before the war Poland was home to around 1 5 million Ukrainians mainly migrant workers Romania A total of 769 616 Ukrainians entered the EU member state including a large number who crossed from Moldova wedged between Romania and Ukraine The vast majority are believed to have gone to other countries Russia Another 578 255 refugees have sought refuge in Russia In addition 105 000 people crossed into Russia from the separatist controlled pro Russian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine between February 18 and 23 Hungary A total of 480 974 Ukrainians have entered Hungary Moldova The border with Moldova is the closest to the main port city of Odessa As of Wednesday a total of 430 170 Ukrainians had crossed into the non EU state one of the poorest in Europe Most have moved on Slovakia A total of 349 286 people crossed the shorter border from Ukraine into Slovakia Belarus Another 23 900 refugees have arrived north to Russia s close ally Belarus
    Tens of thousands of Ukrainians still fleeing war: UN
    Foreign9 months ago

    Tens of thousands of Ukrainians still fleeing war: UN

    A total of 5,133,747 Ukrainians have fled the country since Russia invaded on February 24, the UN refugee agency said on Friday.

    The figure marks an increase of 48,387 from Thursday's data, the UNHCR said.

    Some 1,098,000 Ukrainians have left the country during April so far, compared to 3.4 million for all of March.

    Women and children make up 90 percent of those who fled abroad, and men aged 18 to 60 who are eligible for military service are not allowed to leave.

    The UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) said another 218,000 third-country nationals, mostly students and migrant workers, have also fled to neighboring countries.

    Beyond the refugees, the IOM estimates that 7.7 million people are displaced within Ukraine.

    Before the invasion, Ukraine had a population of 37 million in government-controlled regions, excluding Russian-annexed Crimea and pro-Russian separatist-controlled regions in the east.

    Meanwhile, 1.1 million Ukrainians have returned to their country since the war began.

    Here is a breakdown of how many Ukrainian refugees have fled to neighboring countries, according to UNHCR:

    – Poland –
    Almost six out of 10 Ukrainian refugees, 2,867,241 so far, have crossed into Poland.

    Many of them have traveled to other states in Europe's Schengen open borders zone.

    Meanwhile, more than 800,000 people crossed from Poland into Ukraine, Polish border guards said.

    Before the war, Poland was home to around 1.5 million Ukrainians, mainly migrant workers.

    – Romania –
    A total of 769,616 Ukrainians entered the EU member state, including a large number who crossed from Moldova, wedged between Romania and Ukraine.

    The vast majority are believed to have gone to other countries.

    - Russia -
    Another 578,255 refugees have sought refuge in Russia.

    In addition, 105,000 people crossed into Russia from the separatist-controlled pro-Russian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine between February 18 and 23.

    – Hungary –
    A total of 480,974 Ukrainians have entered Hungary.

    – Moldova –
    The border with Moldova is the closest to the main port city of Odessa. As of Wednesday, a total of 430,170 Ukrainians had crossed into the non-EU state, one of the poorest in Europe. Most have moved on.

    – Slovakia –
    A total of 349,286 people crossed the shorter border from Ukraine into Slovakia.

    – Belarus –
    Another 23,900 refugees have arrived north, to Russia's close ally, Belarus.

  •  More than five million Ukrainians have fled their country following the Russian invasion the United Nations said on Wednesday in Europe s fastest growing refugee crisis since World War Two UNHCR the UN refugee agency said 5 034 439 Ukrainians had left since Russia invaded on February 24 an increase of 53 850 over Tuesday s total Eight weeks into the conflict we are at five million and counting with five million unique stories of loss and trauma said UNHCR Deputy Director Kelly T Clements The UN s International Organization for Migration IOM says more than 218 000 third country nationals mostly students and migrant workers have also fled to neighboring countries meaning more than 5 25 million people in total have fled Ukraine since the war began Women and children make up 90 percent of those who fled and men ages 18 to 60 are eligible for military service and cannot leave Nearly two thirds of all Ukrainian children have been forced to leave their homes including those still inside the country While the scale and speed of displacement are immense we must not lose sight of what these numbers mean Clements told the UN Security Council from Hungary on Tuesday Women children and the elderly have left their homes their lives their children their fathers and husbands Each one of the millions of displaced people are forced to make impossible heartbreaking decisions and have left everything almost everything that they love Almost 1 million flee in April More than 2 8 million Ukrainian refugees have fled to Poland Three quarters of a million have arrived in Romania Clements paid tribute to the humanity shown towards refugees in host countries with communities and individuals coming together to provide food shelter medicine and transportation This inspiring response is only surpassed by the strength and composure of the refugees themselves who continue to exude courage and resilience he said UNHCR figures show almost 645 000 Ukrainians fled in February almost 3 4 million in March and almost a million so far this month Beyond the refugees the IOM estimates that 7 1 million people are displaced within Ukraine Before the invasion Ukraine had a population of 37 million in government controlled regions excluding Russian annexed Crimea and pro Russian separatist controlled regions in the east IOM chief Antonio Vitorino warned that more people were expected to flee their homes as the war progresses We remain deeply concerned about the continued deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine as we anticipate increased displacement both internal and external he told the Security Council Vitorino said that in situations of mass displacement up to 30 percent of the population could be expected to experience some kind of negative psychological impact and mental health problems However as the war continues and intensifies the psychosocial needs will undoubtedly increase further he said We remain particularly concerned about the situation of women and children who have fled Ukraine or who are internally displaced added Vitorino Unfortunately human trafficking was a known phenomenon in the region and as seen in past crises large scale displacement the separation of families and the disruption of community and civil protection networks make populations vulnerable to violence exploitation and abuse
    More than five million Ukrainians flee war: UN
     More than five million Ukrainians have fled their country following the Russian invasion the United Nations said on Wednesday in Europe s fastest growing refugee crisis since World War Two UNHCR the UN refugee agency said 5 034 439 Ukrainians had left since Russia invaded on February 24 an increase of 53 850 over Tuesday s total Eight weeks into the conflict we are at five million and counting with five million unique stories of loss and trauma said UNHCR Deputy Director Kelly T Clements The UN s International Organization for Migration IOM says more than 218 000 third country nationals mostly students and migrant workers have also fled to neighboring countries meaning more than 5 25 million people in total have fled Ukraine since the war began Women and children make up 90 percent of those who fled and men ages 18 to 60 are eligible for military service and cannot leave Nearly two thirds of all Ukrainian children have been forced to leave their homes including those still inside the country While the scale and speed of displacement are immense we must not lose sight of what these numbers mean Clements told the UN Security Council from Hungary on Tuesday Women children and the elderly have left their homes their lives their children their fathers and husbands Each one of the millions of displaced people are forced to make impossible heartbreaking decisions and have left everything almost everything that they love Almost 1 million flee in April More than 2 8 million Ukrainian refugees have fled to Poland Three quarters of a million have arrived in Romania Clements paid tribute to the humanity shown towards refugees in host countries with communities and individuals coming together to provide food shelter medicine and transportation This inspiring response is only surpassed by the strength and composure of the refugees themselves who continue to exude courage and resilience he said UNHCR figures show almost 645 000 Ukrainians fled in February almost 3 4 million in March and almost a million so far this month Beyond the refugees the IOM estimates that 7 1 million people are displaced within Ukraine Before the invasion Ukraine had a population of 37 million in government controlled regions excluding Russian annexed Crimea and pro Russian separatist controlled regions in the east IOM chief Antonio Vitorino warned that more people were expected to flee their homes as the war progresses We remain deeply concerned about the continued deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine as we anticipate increased displacement both internal and external he told the Security Council Vitorino said that in situations of mass displacement up to 30 percent of the population could be expected to experience some kind of negative psychological impact and mental health problems However as the war continues and intensifies the psychosocial needs will undoubtedly increase further he said We remain particularly concerned about the situation of women and children who have fled Ukraine or who are internally displaced added Vitorino Unfortunately human trafficking was a known phenomenon in the region and as seen in past crises large scale displacement the separation of families and the disruption of community and civil protection networks make populations vulnerable to violence exploitation and abuse
    More than five million Ukrainians flee war: UN
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    More than five million Ukrainians flee war: UN

    More than five million Ukrainians have fled their country following the Russian invasion, the United Nations said on Wednesday, in Europe's fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War Two.

    UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, said 5,034,439 Ukrainians had left since Russia invaded on February 24, an increase of 53,850 over Tuesday's total.

    “Eight weeks into the conflict, we are at five million and counting, with five million unique stories of loss and trauma,” said UNHCR Deputy Director Kelly T. Clements.

    The UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) says more than 218,000 third-country nationals, mostly students and migrant workers, have also fled to neighboring countries, meaning more than 5.25 million people in total have fled Ukraine since the war began.

    Women and children make up 90 percent of those who fled, and men ages 18 to 60 are eligible for military service and cannot leave.

    Nearly two-thirds of all Ukrainian children have been forced to leave their homes, including those still inside the country.

    "While the scale and speed of displacement are immense, we must not lose sight of what these numbers mean," Clements told the UN Security Council from Hungary on Tuesday.

    “Women, children and the elderly have left their homes, their lives, their children, their fathers and husbands.

    “Each one of the millions of displaced people are forced to make impossible, heartbreaking decisions and have left everything, almost everything, that they love.”

    – Almost 1 million flee in April –
    More than 2.8 million Ukrainian refugees have fled to Poland. Three quarters of a million have arrived in Romania.

    Clements paid tribute to the humanity shown towards refugees in host countries, with communities and individuals coming together to provide food, shelter, medicine and transportation.

    "This inspiring response is only surpassed by the strength and composure of the refugees themselves, who continue to exude courage and resilience," he said.

    UNHCR figures show almost 645,000 Ukrainians fled in February, almost 3.4 million in March and almost a million so far this month.

    Beyond the refugees, the IOM estimates that 7.1 million people are displaced within Ukraine.

    Before the invasion, Ukraine had a population of 37 million in government-controlled regions, excluding Russian-annexed Crimea and pro-Russian separatist-controlled regions in the east.

    IOM chief Antonio Vitorino warned that more people were expected to flee their homes as the war progresses.

    "We remain deeply concerned about the continued deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, as we anticipate increased displacement, both internal and external," he told the Security Council.

    Vitorino said that in situations of mass displacement, up to 30 percent of the population could be expected to experience some kind of negative psychological impact and mental health problems.

    "However, as the war continues and intensifies, the psychosocial needs will undoubtedly increase further," he said.

    "We remain particularly concerned about the situation of women and children who have fled Ukraine or who are internally displaced," added Vitorino.

    “Unfortunately, human trafficking was a known phenomenon in the region and, as seen in past crises, large-scale displacement, the separation of families, and the disruption of community and civil protection networks make populations vulnerable. to violence, exploitation and abuse.

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