Organ harvesting, prostitution, labour exploitation and domestic slavery are some of the issues discussed by the chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora (NiDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Mrs. Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, as they brainstormed in Abuja to curb the modern-day slavery, human trafficking.
The NAPTIP DG described human trafficking is modern-day cankerworm and the second largest illegal market churning out about $150 billion (dollars) annually and which poses serious threat to national security.
According to Sulaiman-Ibrahim, NAPTIP is the forerunner in the fight against human trafficking in Africa, emphasising that NAPTIP and NiDCOM have been joined together as Siamese twins in the fight against all forms of human trafficking especially in the Diaspora.
“I thank you, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, for your giant strides and for sometimes utilising your personal resources, as well as your office to rescue Nigerians stranded abroad .
The NAPTIP boss stated further that after 17 years of NAPTIP’s establishment, there was a need to rebrand the agency, thereby ushering fresh ideas to catalyse the vision of NAPTIP and seeking partnership among strategic partners like NiDCOM.
The NAPTIP DG also announced plans to incorporate all States Diaspora focal persons into NAPTIP task force in all states of the federation. She highlighted her vision for the organisation to include: engagement with State Diapora Focal Point Officers, restrategize preventive
mechanisms towards discouraging human Trafficking, enforcement of Child Right Act and the name-and-shame policy, actualize a Trafficking Trust Fund, among others.
Dabiri Erewa commended the NAPTIP boss for her plans to incorporate State diaspora focal point officers into NAPTIP task force in the various states . The NiDCOM boss commended Sulaiman-Ibrahim for her various initiatives and vision for NAPTIP , and promised to enhance further collaboration with her in every possible way.
Dabiri-Erewa noted the imperative of arresting traffickers and ensuring they face
penalties for their crime.