The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in commemoration of the 2018 World Day against Human Trafficking and the fifteen years anniversary of the agency has launched the “NAPTIP iReport App”.
At a press conference on Monday, July 30, 2018, the Director General of the agency, Julie Okah- Donli said the app was launched “to scale up the visibility of the agency”.
This development, which is a new approach in tackling the menace of human trafficking in the country will definitely aid in the smooth operations of the agency. The war against human trafficking is a multi-dimensional one that should be confronted using different approaches. NAPTIP’s application is commendable considering the increase in the level of internet penetration and the spate of kidnapping and trafficking in the country.
It is also important for NAPTIP to embark on a massive sensitisation programme, informing Nigerians on the dangers of human trafficking and why they need to report any suspicious activity of individuals around them to the agency or to other law enforcement agencies.
Human trafficking has caused pain and sorrow to many individuals and families and needs to be eradicated. The agency will also need to liaise with other agencies of government, religious leaders, community leaders and other social influencers in its bit to rid Nigeria of this menace.
Also, the battle against human trafficking must be taken to schools through civic education by orientating students on the dangers of human trafficking. Female students especially should be taught on ways to identify or spot a potential trafficker. It is important we protect every Nigerian from the harmful effect of human trafficking by supporting the laudable efforts of NAPTIP.