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EU to 1.2m towards curbing human trafficking in Nigeria

By John Alechenu

A 1.2m Euros project to tackle Human trafficking  between Europe and Africa have been inaugurated by the European Union

The project which is being financed by the EU is to be implemented by the International Labour Organization and the Department for Equal Opportunities, Counter Trafficking Commission, Italy.

This was contained in a statement by the Press and Information Officer of the Delegation of the EU to Nigeria, Mr. Kelechi Onyemaobi, and made available to our correspondent in Abuja, on Sunday. The statement said the project will be inaugurated in Abuja, on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the EU and the ILO view with serious concern the increasing volume and complexity of human trafficking, especially in women and children, worldwide.

Both bodies said it was imperative to address this menace at national, regional and global levels by promoting bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation.

They also observed that trafficking in persons from Nigeria to Europe has posed serious challenges to people and governments of both countries.

The statement read in part: “This project, funded by the European Union is worth €1.2m (about N220m).

“The objective is to progressively reduce human trafficking through better cooperation between Nigeria and Italy in the prosecution of traffickers, protection and re-integration of victims, as well as prevention of trafficking through awareness creation.

“The project will be implemented from Nigeria and Italy during the next 24 months.

“The institutional and implementing partners of the project are: the Federal Ministries of Labour and Productivity, Foreign Affairs, Women Affairs, Education, “Justice, and Youth and Social Welfare, as well as the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Nigerian Police, Immigration, Customs, employers’ and workers’ organisations, relevant NGOs and ECOWAS.”