NACTAL Nigeria Host Twofold Countering Trafficking In Persons Stakeholders’ Coordination Forum in Abuja
In her efforts to develop a collaborative approach and effective partnerships for action against trafficking in persons: SCALE is strengthening Civil Society Organization (CSOs) coordination with private sector and relevant government agencies through regular, ongoing networking and exchange of evidence and best practices. The Inaugural and second edition of the Countering Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) stakeholders’ coordination forum was hosted by the Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) Nigeria with support from USAID Nigeria Strengthening Civil Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) in Abuja on 29th March and 29thAugust, 2022 respectively.
The CTIP Stakeholders’ Coordination Forum was designed to build alliances, promote collaboration and strengthen experience and information sharing amongst anti-trafficking advocates toward the delivery of effective CTIP interventions in Nigeria. The mandate of the meeting was to improve coordination of state and non-state actors in the area of countering trafficking in persons.
Jason Currier, the representative of USAID in his remark appreciated the participants for honoring the invitation and encouraged active participation. He emphasized the importance of partnership as a strategy for combating trafficking in persons in Nigeria. He noted that most of the achievements of the USAID interventions are hinged on the smooth partnership established with other development partners like International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), and the Judiciary.
The National President of NACTAL, Abdulganiyu Abubakar, in his presentation, reiterated the need for effective coordination and NACTAL’s strategic position to lead the conversation. He emphasized that the overall goal of the project is a strengthened NACTAL and CSOs leading the delivery of qualitative and result-driven interventions to reduce incidences of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in Nigeria. He emphasized on the need to enhance collaboration, alliance building, information sharing, reporting, referrals, linkages, and shared learning amongst CTIP state and non-state actors in Nigeria.
Therefore, the coordination forum established a platform for robust engagement and discussions amongst critical stakeholders and partners. The forum established a platform for continuous alliance building and information sharing among civil society organizations (CSOs) and relevant government agencies towards combating the scourge of trafficking in persons in Nigeria. The outcome of both events was a draft Coordination Protocol, a coordination platform for further engagements on evidence sharing among frontline actors, and a CTIP Service Providers Directory as a tool for harnessing referrals and linkages.
Goodwill messages came from representatives of USAID Nigeria SCALE, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internationally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The seasoned advocates appreciated NACTAL and her partner for the laudable initiative and encouraged stakeholders to contribute actively and meaningfully to the development of the well-deserved platform for CTIP response in Nigeria. NACTAL Nigeria was particularly applauded for expending the forum by inviting other key stakeholders that were not initially invited in the first meeting.
Also in attendance were persons with disabilities (PWDs) from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (FMLE), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
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