NAPTIP seeks Nollywood collaboration in battle against trafficking

NAPTIP seeks Nollywood collaboration in battle against trafficking

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has called on Nollywood celebrities to join hands in the fight against human trafficking as they play a vital role in society.

The NAPTIP DG, Fatima Waziri made this call in Abuja on Monday, October 25, during the premiere of the movie ‘Enslaved’, a film based on the fight against human trafficking and child labour in Nigeria.

Also, it was the premiere and the launch of the ‘One Community Campaign’.

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The DG, represented by Mrs Jessica Arikpo, the Assistant Chief Intelligence Officer from the Public Enlightenment Department of NAPTIP, said that the film industry, both in Nigeria and across the world, had over the years played a vital role in the agency’s agenda of meeting its mandate.

“Between 2014 and 2015, the Agency produced a weekly TV series, Itohan; and am sure some of you must have watched it on NTA; the result of that programme was quite huge as it made a lot of impact in the lives of young people.

“NAPTIP has no doubt that the movie would continue where other movies, including Itohan, stopped; in portraying the dangers of human trafficking; and child labour; and smuggling of migrants.

“I am persuaded that the premiere of this movie and the lunch of one community campaign will kick-start a new era in the use of various awareness creation platforms in fighting human trafficking.

“I want to also use this medium to call on the Nollywood celebrities to kindly join forces with NAPTIP; in the fight as they play a vital role in our society; in spreading anti-human trafficking, especially to the youths who watch their parts in shows and movies.

“These young Nigerians look up to them as role models; so it should become part of their cooperate social responsibility to join NAPTIP; to fight human trafficking,” she said.

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