Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Ms. Julie Okah-Donli and the Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission, Her Excellency Harriet Thompson met during a visit the diplomat paid the NAPTIP headquarters, Abuja.
NAPTIP had earlier in a similar visit commended the United Kingdom for her strong support and collaborative effort in combating the scourge of human trafficking, in Nigeria and the West Africa sub-region.
The Anti-slavery Commissioner of the United Kingdom Mr. Kelvin Hyland was at the Agency’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria when NAPTIP reassured the Commissioner of the readiness of the agency and the Nigerian government’s commitment to continue to create conditions that would disable human trafficking operations and activities in Nigeria.
In reference to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) executed between Nigeria and the United Kingdom, NAPTIP said that the agreement has yielded the strengthening of law enforcement relationship between NAPTIP and United Kingdom agencies such as the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Metropolitan Police, all working on anti human trafficking issues.
In dealing with human trafficking in Nigeria, the former DG disclosed that the Nigerian anti-trafficking Act was recently re-enacted for better service delivery. She however, expressed the hope that the agency will benefit more from the collaboration with the United Kingdom.
Earlier in his speech, the visiting UK Anti- slavery Commissioner, lauded Nigeria’s efforts in combating the crime of human trafficking and urged her not to relent in the fight.
He stated that the United Kingdom would like to learn some good practices from Nigeria in combating the scourge.
He further explained that the visit was to further build on the already existing cordial relationship with NAPTIP especially in the area of information sharing, capacity development and operations.
Also speaking at the initial visit, Ms Janki Miles of the British High Commission in Nigeria lauded the agency’s efforts in empowering the victims of human trafficking through skills acquisitions, which was brought to the fore in a major public awareness project in Benin.