By G9ija

The Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim has said the agency is planning to establish a regional training academy for the entire West Africa in Nasarawa State.

The D-G made this known when she led her team on a visit at the Government House Lafia yesterday.

She hailed Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule for supporting the agency to carry out its mandate; she thanked the Governor for accepting the agency to establish its regional training academy which will service the whole of West Africa.

Hajiya Imaan explained that she was in Nasarawa State, to team up with the government, to stem the twin evil of human trafficking and irregular migration in the state and across the country.

She further stated that NAPTIP is collaborating with the state governments, to set up taskforces under the supervision of the state governors, to further consolidate the efforts of the agency.

According to her, and as part of the efforts, NAPTIP is setting up three state taskforces in Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau within the week.

Part of the reasons for the visit of the NAPTIP D-G, was to witness the inauguration of the 19-member Nasarawa State Task Force on Human Trafficking.

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule expressed appreciation to NAPTIP for selecting Nasarawa State as the location for its regional training academy, stressing that the state deserves to host such facility mostly because of her proximity to the federal capital.

He said the state government is already looking for a site to carry out the project in Karu Local Government Area.

Sule told the delegation from the agency that already, the state has the death penalty to serve as a deterrent to would-be rapists. He restated the commitment of his administration to fight the evil.

“In Nasarawa State, we have already signed the anti-rape law last year and we have already started working on that. We have also signed both the child’s protection and violence against women laws,” he said.

The governor said with such laws in place, the state government is ready to work with NAPTIP.