EU, UNODC, NAPTIP mark decade of anti-trafficking campaigns
• Agency supports PAC, N’Assembly to tackle graft
The European Union (EU), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are collaborating on a high- level event celebrating a decade of relentless campaigning against human trafficking and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
The high point of the event is the final stage of an essay competition on human trafficking for senior secondary students in the Federal capital territory (FCT) entitled “Human Life is Priceless.” The event takes place today at Transcorp Hilton Abuja.
Meanwhile, with support from the EU-funded ‘Support to Anti-Corruption in Nigeria’ project being implemented by the UNODC, the drive against corruption in Nigeria is expected to assume a top-gear as the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PAC) and the National Assembly (NASS) are organising a workshop to take stock of the existing anti-corruption legal framework and pending amendments with a view to tighten the noose against corrupt acts.
During the workshop members of the National Assembly will be sensitised to Nigeria’s anti-corruption framework and the importance and scope of required long-pending amendments. These include the reintroduction of relevant anti-corruption bills like the Proceeds of Crime Bill, Witness Protection Bill and Whistle Blowers’ Bill.
New proposals to be discussed will include Access to Asset Declaration of Public Officers’ Bill, NEITI Act 2007 Repeal and Re-enactment Bill, Public Procurement Act Amendment Bill and the Administration of Justice Bill. About 300 legislators from the National Assembly are expected at the workshop.