The Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking, Basheer Muhammed, on Friday at the headquarters in Abuja while playing host to a delegation from the International Organisation for Migration led by its Country Chief of Mission, Franz Celestin, said it would leverage every avenue to spread its anti-human trafficking message, even if it means engaging local town criers.
The information was made known by the agency’s Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, Stella Nezan, in a statement titled, ‘NAPTIP, IOM set to improve collaboration to tackle human trafficking and irregular migration.’
According to the DG, NAPTIP is one of the agencies with the biggest mandates that touch various families in the country.
The NAPTIP boss said it was therefore necessary for it to unbundle and expand its scope of activities to render mega rehabilitation services that will meet the needs and expectations of the victims and scale up its awareness and sensitisation strategies.
Muhammed added that one of his strategic goals and visions for the agency is to expand its scope in the areas of improved and remodelled Victim Rehabilitation Scheme, reloaded awareness and sensitization of all parts of the country taking into consideration the listening culture of different section of the country.
Muhammed noted that it is better and more economical to take steps now and sensitise Nigerians rather than to engage in a constant frenzy of damage control after traffickers must have deceived and trafficked innocent citizens.
He thanked the IOM for its timely and sustained intervention in all thematic areas of the Agency which he said had aided the realisation of the mandates of the Agency and solicited for more supports and collaboration.