The National Prohibition for Trafficking in Persons ( NAPTIP)says schools in the country remain its major preventive strategy in the fight against anti -human trafficking.
The NAPTIP spokesperson, Mr Vincent Adekoye said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) in Lagos on Saturday.
Adekoye,,while recounting the agency’s efforts to tackle human trafficking in the country,said NAPTIP in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education, had infused human trafficking issues into the schools curriculums successfully.
He said :Schools, are NAPTIP’S major area of focus and preventive strategy to educate the vulnerable on traffickers, especially, women and children.
” To this end, NAPTIP embarks on school- to-school sensitisation, welcome schools on excursions and organises symposiums for students and teachers.
“As part of the strategy to ensure better acceptance of the anti-human trafficking menace , the agency in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM),has also started a Peer -to-Peer Education programme.
” The Peer -to-Peer Education Programme is a programme through which students are trained and equipped to train their peers on human trafficking and illegal migration,” he said
According to Adekoye, human trafficking dangerous to the society ,
He said there was the need to protect the citizens, especially he vulnerable in the communities.
“However, for those who have fallen victims, NAPTIP is ready to fight and protect them., he said.
According to him,NAPTIP, in line with a national directive to establish anti-human trafficking brigades in primary and vanguards in secondary schools is presently working with schools across the country.
“The anti – human trafficking agency is working, especially, with Unity schools, to establish these clubs following an approval from the Federal Ministry of Education,”he