The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, says the sex offenders register will be implemented in all the 36 states of the federation.
The Director-General of NAPTIP, Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, made the disclosure when she received members of the Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour, NACTAL, on Thursday in Abuja.
She explained that the agency would lobby the state governments in the development of shelters, recreation hubs, city centers that shall be youth-driven.
“These shall be done in collaboration with the state governments and NACTAL. NACTAL on the board of the agency will be a welcome idea,” she said.
The DG, therefore, encouraged NACTAL to keep working closely with NAPTIP in the fight against trafficking in persons and also help in populating the service providers register.
She thanked the management of NACTAL for the visit to the agency and reiterated the uniqueness of the organisation in the fight against trafficking in persons.
Ms Suleiman-Ibrahim also acknowledged the support of NACTAL in previous administrations and hoped for better support from the organisation going forward.
She promised robust advocacies in all 36 states to push the message of human trafficking.
Earlier, the President of NACTAL and Head of the delegation, Abdulganiyu Abubakar assured the DG and her team that total support would be given to the agency in the fight against trafficking in persons.
He expressed delight on how NACTAL collaborated with NAPTIP for the past 15 years in the areas of awareness creation, enactment of policies among others.
Mr Abubakar stated that NAPTIP had a great record all across Africa which had helped in shaping the continent in the fight against trafficking in persons.
He further emphasised that the work of NACTAL as an umbrella body for civil society organisations in Nigeria cuts across other parts of Africa like Mali and Burkina Fasso.
He used the occasion to thank the DG for the opportunity to visit her and prayed for future collaborations with NAPTIP in her new administration.
He also appreciated NAPTIP for its various contributions and solicited for NACTAL to be a part of the board of NAPTIP.
He also requested that the State Taskforces of NAPTIP be extended to cover all the states of the federation, while members of NACTAL will be involved in the task force for better coordination in the fight against human trafficking.