By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja
The LEADRSHIP Newspaper Tuesday, alongside the European Union and 32 other institutions were awarded a plague of special recognition by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
The award was received by the Editor, LEADERSHIP Style, Ruth Tene Natsa.
Others awarded include the European Union(EU), WOTCLEF, UNODC, Various media houses including the NTA and FRCN. Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS), Devatop Centre for African Development among several others
Speaking at the 2017 End of Year Party Award Night in Abuja yesterday, Director General of the Agency, Dame Julie Okah Donli said “The award was in recognition of their collaborative efforts in the pursuit of the collective goal of combating trafficking in persons in Nigeria”
According to the DG “2017 was quite a busy year in NAPTIP, starting from my assumption of office in April till date”.She said “We have not rested on our oars to upgrade our operations to international standards”
The DG added that “The management and entire staff of the agency remained committed to NAPTIP’s vision and mission to stamp out unscrupulous traffickers from our country,with a focus on NAPTIP strategic 5Ps of Policy, Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership”
She noted that” in the last few years, NAPTIP identified partnership as a strategic tool for growth and organizational development. Adequate engagement of this tool (partnership) entails the active participation of two or more like minded entities, who share a common goal, aspirations and vision.
Speaking earlier. Chairperson of the Award committee, Mrs Benedicta, Ojougbana said the award where in 5 categories including DG Merit Award and best management staff, Diligence and Productivity award, Meritorious Service Awards, Best Zonal Command Awards and Special Recognition Awards to key Stakeholders.
She said a total of 75 Merit Awards were given, including 39 to NAPTIP officials, 34 to various institutions and 2 to former director generals of the Agencies.
While the Institutions were awarded plagues,officers of the agency were awarded plagues and cash awards ranging from N20,000 to N120,000 only.