EU budgets N5.3b to fight human trafficking in West Africa



THE European Union (EU) has budgeted the sum of €25 million (about N5.325 billion) to assist Nigeria and other members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to tackle incessant cases of human trafficking in the next five years.

Ms. Geertrui Lanneau, Programme Manager of Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa, stated this in an interview with journalists during a workshop on its five years project in Abuja funded by EU.

The project is an initiative of the Demand Driven Facility for National Institutions in collaboration with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons.

Lanneau said that the project was aimed at addressing the existing gaps in migration that revolves around human trafficking, slavery and prostitution abroad.

She said, “The total funding for the five-year programme is €25 million (about N5.325 billion) for Nigeria and the entire ECOWAS region. Although it is very difficult to give precise figures, many Nigerians have died while crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

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