Bill to enhance fight against trafficking in persons crucial to national development.
Bill to enhance fight against trafficking in persons crucial to national development.

In the face of daunting insecurity challenges in the country,Speaker of the House Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila has said  the bill to amend the National Agency for the prohibition of traffic in persons,NAPTIP, Act is crucial to national development .

The Speaker made  this assertion during the public hearing organised by the House Committee on Human Rights .

Gbajabiamila who was represented by the House Deputy Leader,Hon Peter Akpatason said societies are dynamic and the mood of maintaining law and order is also becoming comparatively dynamic,adding the Nigeria cannot be an exception.

Chairman of the House Committee on Human Right,Hon John Dygh in his welcome address said the public hearing will provide opportunity for stakeholders to make   input on the bill on how to strengthen NAPTIP  to achieve its mandate especially at this time that human trafficking is on the rise.

The Member representing Portharcourt Federal Constituency, Hon Chinyere Igwe in his vote of thanks  on behalf of Committee commended stakeholders for taking time out of their busy schedule to appear at the  hearing  .

He expressed the beliefs that the exercise will produce a good working document that will enhance the fight against  trafficking in persons.

The public hearing was on a bill for an act to amend the trafficking in persons prohibition enforcement and administration Act, number 4 of 2015 to include the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs , Disaster Management and Social Development in its Governing Board,review the mood of appointing Directors General of the Agency,strengthen the act by reviewing the offences and penalties provision and related matters.

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