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EU upgrades shelters for victims of human trafficking

By Sodiq Omolaoye and Fehintola Adewale, Abuja
28 October 2021   |   3:02 am
The European Union (EU) has upgraded and refurbished 17 shelters for victims and survivors of human trafficking to boost Nigeria’s fight against the menace.


The European Union (EU) has upgraded and refurbished 17 shelters for victims and survivors of human trafficking to boost Nigeria’s fight against the menace.
   
The 17 upgraded and refurbished centres are spread across six states in the country.  The upgrade and refurbishment of the shelters were carried out by Action Against Trafficking in Person and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM), a project funded by the EU and implemented by the International Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP).
   
The Network of CSOs Against Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) and the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) managed the shelters.
    
Some items provided to the shelters included 195 iron bunk beds, 390 mattresses, 11 gas cookers, 300 mosquito treated nets, 50 solar flood lights, 13 sofa, refrigerators, freezers, and office equipment
   
Speaking during the presentation of the shelters to NAPTIP and NACTAL, A-TIPSOM team lead, Raphel Meloni, said the move was part of activities by the EU to celebrate its Anti-trafficking Day.
     
According to him, the essence of the project is to provide a better life for victims and survivors of human trafficking, adding that the upgraded and refurbished shelters would help in this regard.
     
In his remarks, the representative of NACTAL, Abdulganiyu Abubakar, commended the EU for the programme, adding that the project would help Nigeria fight against human trafficking.
   
“This is the first time a partner is investing in our centres in several years. We will reciprocate this gesture by ensuring we provide the best services for these survivors and also maintain these facilities and we will continue to take these messages to the state and local government so that they can own this intervention,” he said.