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NAPTIP, UK to hold enlightenment campaign


The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons on Monday said it has concluded plans in collaboration with the United Kingdom Cabinet office for the  commencement of the second phase of its enlightenment campaign tagged, “Not for sale.”

The agency in a statement by its Press and Public Relations Unit officer identified simply as Osa, said the campaign is a component of its awareness creation strategies.

He stated that campaign is a strategic communication programme inaugurated in  March, 2019 with the support of the UK Government.

He added that it seeks primarily to address human trafficking and irregular migration in pilot states such as Edo and delta states.

He added that areas targeted in the first phase of the enlightenment programme included Edo, Delta, Lagos and Akwa Ibom states.

According to him, the main focus of the campaign is to develop the capacity and knowledge of  young persons to understand that they are not commodities to be sold.

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He added that the campaign was to let them have the right mindset about what the campaign is about.

He also said it will also focus on sharpening the skills and enlighten young person as well as their parents who are vulnerable to trafficking, on the dangers of human trafficking as well as expose them to some of the potential that abound around them as alternative to illegal migration.

He said the campaign which will be declared open by the Director-General of NAPTIP,  Julie Okah-Donli shall take place at Ikpoba Okha and Ika North areas of Edo and  Delta States respectively.

Osa said the campaign will showcase some of the youths who have stood out in Nigeria by saying no to trafficking and have been masters of their dreams I their chosen fields of vocation.

He said activities lined up during the second phase of the campaign include stakeholders’ meeting, town hall meeting, community dialogue with critical partners in tagged areas, sensitisation in schools, markets, places of worship as well as advocacy visits to some policy makers.