The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Network of Civil Society Organisation Against Child Trafficking and Child Labour (NACTAL), yesterday established a historic partnership through the signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to curb child trafficking and labour in the country .
The Executive Secretary of NAPTIP, Mrs Beatrice Jedy-Agba, in her opening remark explained that the partnership was informed by the global understanding that the task of rehabilitating victims of trafficking was within the purview of the NGOs as their wealth of knowledge and resource made them outstanding. She added that the partnership was also necessary to forestall the heightened rate of trafficking crime in the country.
The NAPTIP boss maintained that for NAPTIP to effectively address the scourge of trafficking, it was necessary to involve NACTAL, the umbrella body of over fifty civil society groups to apply their outlined result-oriented strategy as it concerns educating and informing Nigerians on the evil associated with child abuse.
Jadi-Agba who acknowledged that non-governmental organisations have played critical role in the growth and success story of NAPTIP, admitted that NACTAL has much to do for NAPTIP because of its spread and strength, across the country since the canker worm called trafficking, was having a devastating effect on the country’s economy.