The National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic In Person (NAPTIP), has sought the supporting of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in its fight against human trafficking across the country.
NAPTIP regretted that young and productive people are regularly lured out of the country through the airports and other illegal channels to North Africa, Middle East and Europe, saying that the support of the regulation agency in its fight against the scourge was necessary.
Dame Okah-Donli, the Director General, NAPTIP stated this when she and her team visited the NCAA’s headquarters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.
She stated that airports are the major exit point for human traffickers and said if this could be curbed, it would reduce the number of human traffickers through the country.
She said the visit to NCAA would enable the two government agencies chart a course to successfully stamp out human trafficking from Nigeria.
Okah-Donli therefore implored NCAA to during its oversight responsibilities over all aviation agencies to ensure that airlines were mandated to fulfill part of their obligations under the Trafficking In Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
The DG NAPTIP presented some of the sensitisation materials developed for the aviation industry for review and validation by the authority before its implementation.
She added that a workshop to engage relevant operators in the industry was forthcoming.
In his response, Capt. Muhtar Usman, the Director General of NCAA, assured NAPTIP of utmost support to drastically reduce the dastardly attitude.
Usman promised on behalf of the agency and other aviation parastatals to assist NAPTIP in achieving its mandate of stopping the menace from Nigeria.
He assured that the NCAA while discharging its regulatory functions would ensure all airline operators adhere to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) at all times and promised to review and validate the documents he received from the body.