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Switzerland to partner Nigeria on fight against human trafficking

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She made the promise at a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) in Abuja on Friday.

Sammaruga said Nigeria and Switzerland had enjoyed excellent cooperation since signing a Migration Partnership two years ago.

She said the partnership had the potential to increase economic, cultural and social development in both countries, hence the need to improve on it.

“Combating trafficking of human beings is one of my top priorities and we have to do all we can to combat it.”

Sammaruga said that she had brought samples of a national plan launched in Switzerland to combat human trafficking to share with NAPTIP.

She stressed the need for the police, immigration, prosecution, NGOS/CSOs to combat trafficking.

Sammaruga said that as part of the cooperation between the two countries, police officers from Nigeria would visit Switzerland to help combat drug trafficking.

“We have cooperation with the Nigeria police. They come to Switzerland. Together with our police, they combat drug trafficking.”

She said there was also vocational training for Nigerian students handled by Nestle.

“Students who perform well travel to Switzerland for a few months to work and get experience.”

The Executive Secretary of NAPTIP, Mrs Beatrice Jedy-Agba, said a lot has been done in the areas of prevention, protection, prosecution and international cooperation.

Jedy-Agba said the agency was in the process of reviewing its enabling law to include smuggling, organs harvesting, among others.

The executive secretary said the agency had reinforced public enlightenment strategy to educate people on the dangers of trafficking.

She added that the agency had strengthened its partnership at national and international levels against trafficking in persons, especially in victims’ identification and protection.

“Nigeria is in the process of finalising its Witness Protection Policy where we are working to expand capacity and protection.”

Jedy-Agba said that Nigeria would continue to strengthen its migration partnership with the Swiss government to deal with the scourge of trafficking.

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