The president of Network of Civil Society Organisations Against Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration (NCAHT), Jennifer Ero, has expressed excitement over United States Department of States 2019 Trafficking In Persons’ Report on Nigeria. She described the upgrade of Nigeria from Tier II Watch to Tier II by the Watch group as ‘good news and moral
The president of Network of Civil Society Organisations Against Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration (NCAHT), Jennifer Ero, has expressed excitement over United States Department of States 2019 Trafficking In Persons’ Report on Nigeria.
She described the upgrade of Nigeria from Tier II Watch to Tier II by the Watch group as ‘good news and moral booster in winning the fight that is driven by strong commitment.
Tier II are Countries whose Governments do not fully comply with Trafficking Victims Protection Act, TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.
Before the intervention, irregular migrants from Nigeria were on the brink of national embarrassment, according to her and assured that
authorities will sustain the resilience and unconquerable spirit of Nigeria.
Ero, said in a statement in Benin City that the development showed the country is moving in the right part.
Ero explained that “This means that there has been deliberate effort from all stakeholders to implement policies and Laws.”
“NCAHT is very happy with this report and we specially appreciate the DG of NAPTIP and the Edo State Government for their efforts. History will not forget this,” she posited.
Regardless of the bright side of the report, Ero advised that “The report shows that all hands must be on desk because there is still a lot to be done. For Nigeria to leave tier 2 it means we must address all the concerns and recommendations in this report.”
The president of NCAHT however advised that a National Technical Group of all stakeholders be put in place to draw up a blueprint on how to address this recommendations and concerns.
However, a statement by Edo State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe expressed excitement over the report.
According to her, “We are extremely pleased by the favourable mention of Edo State and the taskforce against human trafficking and Irregular migration, in every section of the report. This again showed that our efforts were acknowledged, and that we clearly contributed to Nigeria’s upgrade to tier two. ”
Recall the report commended Edo State Government for passing a new anti human trafficking law and provided additional resources to combat trafficking while Delta and Ondo States established task forces.
But the report however knocked the Nigerian government for failing to investigate, prosecute or hold accountable any government agent indicted in trafficking related offences among others.
The Trafficking in Persons Report, or TIP Report, is an annual report issued by the United States Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.