The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has begun sensitisation and inauguration of vanguards against human trafficking in all military secondary schools in Nigeria.
The exercise, supported by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), was held at Command Day Secondary School Abuja on Tuesday.
Speaking at the maiden event, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Professor Fatima Waziri-Azi, said the vanguards would educate, sensitise the children and raise a generation of confident children.
According to the director-general, human traffickers are looking for victims all around, and trafficking is prevalence at every moment.
She noted that traffickers moved around on internet, and that students must be very smart with themselves when using internet.
Waziri-Azi said that NAPTIP had rescued many victims who were trafficked through internet, adding, investigation was ongoing about some of the trafficking cases.
“We are inaugurating this vanguards to protect yourself, it is your right to aspired for good things but you must do it in the right way, and follow the right trajectory of life.
“There are so many lies on social media, follow the right part, there is no free launch anywhere, you must ask questions when different promises comes your way.
“The essence of this vanguards is to also have a school approach to tackling human trafficking,” she said.
Head of West Africa Region, ICMPD, Dr Mojisola Sodeinde, thanked NAPTIP for initiating the project, as well as the Nigerian military for taking proactive steps to end trafficking.
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