Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Project to curb trafficking of Nigerians to Europe Launched

A multilateral project to curb the forced trafficking of Nigerians to Europe and also improve the protection and reintegration of victims of trafficking was launched in Abuja yesterday.

The initiative involving the Federal Government, European Union and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is being hosted by the Ministry of Labour on behalf of the Federal Government.

The project which is to run for 24 months also aims to boost the capacity of Nigerian agencies involved in the prosecution of traffickers and is to cost N220 million being funded by the European Union.

Minister of Labour and Productivity Chief Emeka Wogu who launched the programme at the United Nations building in Abuja praised the collaboration as another evidence of the global endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan's sincere efforts in putting Nigeria on a higher footing.

A press statement signed by Chief Wogu's media aide Mr. Emmanuel Aziken said the minister expressed optimism on the positive impact of the project on Nigerians.

Earlier, the Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Nigeria Mr. Toure noted that trafficking in persons is a crime and an abuse of human rights.

Daily Trust

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