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EU, ECOWAS Provide Fund For Rehabilitation, Support, Prevention Of Trafficking Persons In West Africa

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The European Union and the Economic Organisation of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has provided funds for the rehabilitation, support and prevention of trafficking in persons in West Africa in collaboration with the Network of Civil Society Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL).

This was made known via a press release by the EU during the week.

According to the statement, EU, ECOWAS Commission and NACTAL embarked on a project; “Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa), aimed at providing materials, equipment and care for rescued victims of trafficking in persons for Women Trafficking and Children Foundation (WTCF) at one of their shelters in Abuja.

Also, the project is an implementation of the “Civil Society Actions to Combat Child Trafficking and Child Labour in Nigeria and Border Communities”, an agreement between the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) and NACTAL initiated in April 2019.

The project is to be implemented in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Edo, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the border towns of Idiroko – Seme in Nigeria and the Republic of Benin respectively.

“The project carries out capacity-building activities with NACTAL and its member organizations on components of prevention and rescue of victims of human trafficking, rehabilitation and reintegration of human trafficking survivors. It also aims to enhance and promote collaboration between the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the public to maximize collaborative interventions to reduce the effects of trafficking in persons.

“Shelter materials and equipment such as generators, mattresses, computers, televisions, solar lamps and furniture will also be given to four additional NACTAL supported shelters in Sokoto, Ondo Benin and Ibadan states in the subsequent weeks,” it stated.

The EU hinted that prior to the provision of materials and equipment, an assessment of shelters supported by NACTAL member organizations was conducted, focusing on the capacity of the shelters, the demographics of the victims supported by the shelters, facilities available and the number of personnel working at the shelters including a training on psychosocial support for victims and case management was conducted in February in Abuja for NACTAL member organization and shelter personnel to further enhance their capacities

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