The federal government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Burkina Faso to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children.
In a statement released on Sunday, “Governments of Nigeria / Burkina Faso demonstrate political will to fight human trafficking, sign memorandum of understanding,” press secretary for the National Agency for the Prohibition of Human Trafficking. trafficking in persons, Adekoye Vincent said the new legal instrument was signed in Abuja at the culmination of the 3rd Nigeria / Burkina Faso Joint Commission held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
According to him, the memorandum of understanding which should intensify the pressure on human traffickers and their cohorts operating in the two countries comes a few weeks after the signing of a similar agreement between Nigeria and the Republic of Niger.
The document was signed by the Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Mistura Abdulkareem on behalf of Nigeria and the Burkinabe Ambassador to Nigeria, Piabie N’DO signed on behalf of Burkina Faso.
Speaking at the signing, NAPTIP Executive Director Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi said the MoU remained a major attack on the activities of human traffickers not only on the roads of the two countries but also in West Africa.
She thanked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouk, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and other state actors and not States for the demonstration of the political will to fight against human trafficking.
She also assured those present that NAPTIP will continue to work diligently to fulfill its mandates to combat human trafficking and all forms of violence against people in the country.
In his remarks, Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Gabriel Aduda said the deal was part of the FG’s efforts to improve cooperation and strengthen relations between the two countries.
He assured stakeholders that the content of the MoU will be fully implemented in accordance with approved procedures.
Also in her speech, the Director General of Bilateral Cooperation of Burkina Faso, Ms. Bakyonon Kanzie, thanked the federal government for the agreement, stating that her country will implement all aspects of the agreement for the benefit of Nigeria and the United States. Burkina Faso.
She said: “The MoU is the result of concerns about the scale and threat of human trafficking, especially women and children in the two countries and its negative socio-economic impact on the human race. well-being of their citizens.
Reaffirming that the commitment and obligations of both parties to the implementation of the ECOWAS Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons 2002-2003 and the following ratified international legal instruments:
“Realizing that the fight against trafficking in human beings, especially women and children across borders, can only be carried out effectively and efficiently if countries of origin, transit and destination take a comprehensive approach common;
“Determined to mobilize the necessary efforts and resources to punish all those who engage in trafficking in human beings, especially women and children, by prosecuting their crimes wherever they occur by cooperating at the international level;
“Aware of the fundamental principle of the best interests of the child and of the need to assist victims of human trafficking, especially women and children.
With 18 articles, it captures the characterization of human trafficking with all its elements, the prosecution of offenders, communication, identifications, protection and care of victims of human trafficking, return, repatriation of the proceeds of crime as well as the rehabilitation and reintegration of victims.
A bilateral agreement has also been signed in the areas of sports development, trade and investment, information and media, ICT as well as women’s development.