UN Day Against Trafficking: NAPTIP Organises Novelty Match

 The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Saturday in Abuja organised a novelty match between the agency’s football team and All Stars football club, Abuja

Speaking during the match, the Director General of NAPTIP, Sen. Basheer Mohammed, stated that the game was basically organised to honour humanity particularly victims of trafficking.

Represented by Mr Hassan Tahir, the NAPTIP Director of Legal and Prosecution, he said that the match was also to give hope to the victims and to create awareness about the menace of trafficking.

“The most important thing about this match is to create awareness, we are using it to sensitise the public about human trafficking, as there are lot of illegal movement in the sport sector.

“We are also using this match to commemorate Human Trafficking Day usually celebrated on July 30; all the programme we have been doing in the last three days is to support the fight against trafficking,” Mohammed said.

Mr Joseph Sanwo, the Project Officer of International Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), said that his organisation was present at the event to support NAPTIP.

He said that FIIAPP, a Spanish public foundation anchoring the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM), noted that a lot of human trafficking are being perpetrated in the sport sector.

Sanwo called on the general public to be aware of the scourge, adding that trafficking exist in all sectors, and that there was need for people to guard against it.

Mr Abdulganiyu Abubakar, the President, Network of Civil Society Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), urged government to continue to boost the welfare package of the staff of NAPTIP to enable them do their work effectively.

He also called on government to look into the frequent changes in the helm of affairs of the agency, noting that this does not augur well if the fight against trafficking must be won.

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