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NAPTIP: Over 5,000 trafficked Nigerians have been rescued

The Acting Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri, yesterday said that no fewer than 5,000 out of two million Nigerian victims trafficked yearly have so far been rescued by his agency.

He said that trafficking of women to Europe is more prevalent in West Africa than other sub-region.

Dangiri, represented by the Director, Legal and Prosecutions, Abdulraheem Shaibu, made the disclosure yesterday at the opening of the planning and writing workshop for the infusion of Trafficking in Persons Issues into the curricula of primary and secondary schools in Nigeria in Keffi, Nasarawa State.

He stated that some of the major identified challenges in the war against trafficking are those of ignorance, shortage of funds for financing its activities as well as issues of training, among others.
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Meanwhile, stakeholders in the fight against trafficking in persons are set to infuse traffic in persons’ issues into Basic and Senior Secondary Education curricula through the relevant carrier subjects.

In his address at the occasion, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Education Research and Development Council (NERDC), Prof. Ismail Junaidu, said that the overall aim is to educate and sensitise the school children on the incidence of trafficking in persons with a view to reducing or totally eliminating the issue in Nigeria.

He said: “The objective of this workshop therefore is to infuse the selected contents into Basic and Senior Secondary School curricula by partnering with many other agencies to infuse other emerging issues into the school curriculum.

“Among such agencies are the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), among others.”

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