The Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, has called for increased funding for the agency in order to effectively execute its day-to-day operational activities.
The NAPTIP director-general made the call on Monday when she paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, in Abuja.
According to her, funding is one of the challenges hindering the growth and development of the agency.
She said: “The Agency is inundated with challenges and drawbacks that are hindering our growth and development. These challenges have affected the smooth running of our operations towards achieving our statutory mandate.
“Some of the challenges observed in the course of the review of reports from departments, units and zonal commands of the Agency are largely administrative and operational.
“The Agency requires adequate funding to effectively execute its day-to-day operational activities. More so, there is a need for vehicles for administrative and operational purposes.
“We are equally incapacitated in the areas of inadequate office structure, and funding for operations such as surveillance, raids operations, investigations, and activities leading to the prosecution of perpetrators of the Human Trafficking crime,” the NAPTIP boss added.
Ms Suleiman-Ibrahim, however, stressed that NAPTIP is fully committed to the prevention of all forms of human degradation and exploitation through the coordinated use of the nation’s crime prevention and law enforcement resources.
She added that the agency was all out to stamp out human trafficking and to liberate and uplift the vulnerable, especially women, children and youths, from dehumanizing and exploitative employment and usage.
According to her, the agency is deploying the Five P Approach such as Policy development, Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnering with stakeholders to ensure the rehabilitation and effective reintegration of victims into society.
Responding, promised that the Federal Government will continue to provide the necessary support and resources to the agency in a bid to adequately address the issue of human trafficking and other associated humanitarian crisis in the country.
Mrs Umar-Farouq, therefore, urged the director-general to build on the successes recorded by the Agency in the past as well as ensure evidence-based activities that will further increase the visibility of the Agency.
The minister also charged the NAPTIP boss to ensure that her programmes and activities clearly align with the mandates of the ministry.