NAPTIP seeks inclusion of human trafficking studies in non-tertiary school curriculum

Director General of NAPTIP, Barr Julie Okah-Donli

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has advocated for the approval of the Trafficking in Persons to be infused into basic and senior secondary schools curricula to check forced labour among youths.

Director General of the agency, Julie Okah-Donli, who stated this in Abuja during a meeting with management of the Nigeria Educational Research Development Council (NERDC), explained that a speedy approval by the National Council on Education (NCE) would go a long way in prevent the crime from the onset.

The meeting was also part of her familiarisation visit to the agency’s partners and stakeholders. NAPTIP and NERDC have worked together in the infusion of trafficking in person into the curricula of primary and secondary schools in Nigeria.

During the meeting, Okah-Donli expressed her deep appreciation to the Council for their collaboration with NAPTIP towards mainstreaming Human Trafficking issues into the school curricula, which she stressed, would go a long way in preventing human trafficking.

She argued that any delay in the approval of the new infused curricula may hinder her plans to tackle human trafficking from the root through schools across the country.

She, however, assured to take all necessary steps to put in place all necessary requirements for a proper implementation of the new curricula.

Okah-Donli also drew the attention of the NERDC team to the ugly trend of human trafficking for the harvesting of vital organs and hinted that some of the cases alleged to be ritual killings were murders carried out for the purpose of organ harvesting.

She urged the Council to join hands with NAPTIP to create more awareness on the scourge of human trafficking in Nigeria and enjoined employers of labour to pay employees directly and not through agents.

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