By Rose Audu
In continuation of its efforts to combat the menace of human trafficking and illegal migration in Nigeria, a non-government organisation, CLEEN foundation with the support of UN women, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking, NAPTIP, held a methodology workshop on gender audit in the nation’s seat of power FCT Abuja on August 31, 2021, to dialogue on how to end the issues of human trafficking and illegal migration that has bedeviled the country recently.
While fielding questions from the press, the programme manager of CLEEN foundation, Chogozirim Okoro said one the importance of the methodology workshop is to strategise, reveal available data and unravel all possible problems associated with human trafficking and illegal migration and come up with policy that will necessitate the anticipated change.
On the her part, Amina Tope Abdulrahman, Programme Analyst, UN Women, said fighting human trafficking by giving stipends of 20 to 30, 000 naira to victims of trafficking will not yield the desired change.
She said trafficked victims should properly be sensitised, trained in skills that will affect their lives positively and help create jobs for unemployed Nigerians.
She believes that if the victims are gainfully engaged, they will shun every temptation of being re-trafficked.
Also speaking with newsmen, Lead Researcher at TRAC development Hub, Michael Adeniyi advised that a course on human trafficking should be incorporated in the general school curriculum which according to him will help mold the younger children who are usually prone to trafficking and help them detect when they are being deceived to be trafficked.
Adeniyi said if the students and younger children are taught on the danger of trafficking it will go a long way in reducing the menace in the world, Africa and Nigeria in Particular.
CLEEN Foundation is a non-governmental organisation established in January 1998 with the mission of promoting public safety, security, and accessible justice through the strategies of empirical research, legislative advocacy, demonstration programmes and publications.