By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Concerted efforts to end human trafficking received a boost in Lagos, as the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and Air Peace Ltd signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on partnership against human trafficking.
The MOU signed at the corporate head office of the Airline at GRA, Ikeja had Dameie Okah-Donli, Director General of NAPTIP signing on behalf of the Agency, while Chief Allen Onyema, Managing Director /CEO, Air Peace signed for the Airline.
Okah-Donli said the relationship between the two organisations started months ago, which today officially marks the solemnization as they strive to use their platforms to combat human trafficking and irregular migration in Nigeria.
“The collaboration is aimed at ensuring the eradication of illegal migration and human trafficking, and to disseminate anti-human trafficking messages across Nigeria as an effective counter measure to human trafficking and irregular migration.
“However, the specific objectives are: To support the agency in the areas of awareness raising to reduce the incidence of human trafficking and irregular migration.
“To partner with the Agency to effectively carry anti-human trafficking messages across routes flown by Air Peace. Today is not a day for long speeches, but to our signatures where our hearts and mouths have been for the past two months, and kick the ground of partnership running, “ she said.
On his part, Chief Allen Onyema said his organisation was partnering NAPTIP with a view to reduce the number of Nigerians and Africans at large being trafficked.
He commended the agency DG for her doggedness in the fight against human trafficking, noting that her tenure had brought the agency to a higher level of recognition.
The CEO said his organisation was committed to every statements in the MoU, assuring the agency that they will do more than what was stated because of their integrity.
He called on other corporate organisations to join hands with NAPTIP in the fight against human trafficking.
It will be recalled that on March 28, 2019, some crew members of Air Peace Airline were honoured by NAPTIP DG with an Award of Excellence on March 28, 2019, for saving a three-month old baby from human traffickers in Banjul, Gambia.
Speaking at the occasion, Onyeka promised to employ some survivors irrespective of their educational qualification ,stressing that the gesture would encourage NAPTIP and also discourage those that want to be trafficked.