To cushion the effects of COVID19 on trafficked persons, The Action Against Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM), funded by European Union and implemented by The International Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), food items and disinfection and Hygiene products worth NGN 18,722,000 to shelters operated by the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Network of CSOs Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), including some Libya and Lebanon returnees in Nigeria.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) palliatives donated include:
S/No Items Qty Unit
1) Hand gloves 6.000 Pieces
2) Face masks 5.750 Pieces
3) Sanitizers (500ml) 326 Bottles
4) Infrared thermometer 40 Pieces
5) Rice 2.000 Kg
6) Beans 1.250 Kg
7) Garri 2.000 Kg
8) Vegetable oil 500 Litres
9) Milk 400 Sachets
10) Tomato paste 5.250 Cans
11) Milo 4.000 Sachets
12) Baby formula 30 Cans
13) Rice 520 Kg
14) Beans 520 Kg
15) Garri 260 Kg
16) Vegetable oil 260 Litres
17) Washing Soaps 1.500 Bars
18) Bathing Soaps 1.500 Bars
19) Detergents 1.100 Kg
20) Baby diapers 8.000 Pieces
21) Baby body lotion 250 Bottles
22) Baby soap 888 Bars
23) Blue seal vaseline 130 Jars
24) Sanitary pads 600 Packs
The presentationof the palliative supports was attended by:
1. His Excellency, Ketil Karlsen, Ambassador, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS
2. Dame Julie Okah-Donlie, Director-General , NAPTIP
3. Mr. Jose Antonio NSANG ANDEME, Institutional Coordinator, FIIAPP/A-TIPSOM
Apart from these palliatives’ donations, A-TIPSOM Nigeria also started to donate other materials, equipment and furniture to 21 selected shelters operated by both agencies, as part of the A-TIPSOM activities to strengthen support services for trafficked persons within this year 2020. This process had to temporarily stop due to the lockdown amid the Covid-19 Outbreak.
This donation is also part of the effort of The European Union in maintaining its humanitarian support to the most vulnerable people in Nigeria, through the A-TIPSOM Project implemented by FIIAPP.
The Action Against trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM) began in 2018, through an agreement between the European Union (EU) and the Government of Nigeria, with the objective to reduce the trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants at national, regional and international level, and between Nigeria and the European Union, with specific emphasis in women and children, working with main Nigerian agencies such as NAPTIP, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Police Force and the representative of the civil society, NACTAL. A-TIPSOM project is tackling human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in Nigeria through the 5Ps which include Prevention, Protection, Policy, Partnership and Prosecution.
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting the world under enormous strain, affecting the lives of everyone, trafficked persons are among the most affected group of people. Hence, service providers need adequate palliatives that will enhance the comfort of trafficked persons staying in shelters during this pandemic.
IOM launches open South America portal
Buenos Aires – IOM, the International Organization for Migration, this week launched the Open South America Portal, a web platform providing migrants and stakeholders in the region with access to reliable and timely information on human mobility restrictions and health and safety measures adopted by governments in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Open South America, available in Spanish, English and Portuguese, shares official information by country on the latest measures, including border restrictions, quarantine requirements and COVID-19 tests for migrants and travellers.
The portal also provides updated information on authorized entry points and key places for travellers and migrants, such as consulates, migrant care and health centres, airports, border crossings points and ports. This information can be explored through an interactive map.
The platform, funded by the IOM Development Fund, is also accessible to vulnerable migrants who may be stranded or are at risk of receiving misinformation on migration.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, South America has been one of the most impacted regions worldwide. According to the World Health Organization figures, as of 8 July 2021 there were 33,475,765 COVID-19 cumulative cases in the region, which represents 89 per cent of the total cases in Latin America, and 18 per cent of all infections recorded globally.
Countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador all experienced severe outbreaks. For example, Brazil currently reports the third highest number of cumulative cases (18,855,015) and second highest death toll (526,892) globally.
“Open South America will facilitate orderly, regular and responsible migration in South America amid the uncertain times of COVID-19 and after the pandemic,” said Minister Ana Laura Cachaza, General Director of Consular Affairs of the Government of Argentina.
“Migrants’ access to up-to-date information through innovative online tools is essential considering the changing migration dynamic in the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marcelo Pisani, IOM Regional Director for South America.
29,000 Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians, other Africans migrated through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2021 —IOM
The International Organisation for Migration has said that 29,000 individuals including Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians and other Africans have emigrated to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea this year.
About 13,000 were arrested by the coast guards and returned home while 761 migrants were said to have perished in the sea.
Disclosing this to journalists in Abuja on Friday, the Chief of Mission, IOM Nigeria, Mr Franz Celestin, said less than five per cent of migrants usually made it to Europe, adding that the vast majority stay in Africa.
He further said that a lot of migrants were trafficked within the Economic Community of West African States, adding that Mali was the number one destination point for trafficked Nigerian women.
Responding to questions on the number of people who have undertaken the perilous trip to Europe through the Mediterranean, the IOM Chief said, “A combination of unemployment and underemployment is pushing people to migrate.
“In this year, 29,000 migrants from Sub-Sahara Africa have migrated to Europe through the Mediterranean. About 13,000 were intercepted by the coastguard while 761 died.”
Celestin stressed the importance of tackling human trafficking which he said grossed about $150 billion annually.
“Traffickers make a lot of money and they would continue to do it until a coordinated response is evolved to stop them. We are collaborating with Interpol in this respect; we are connected to the Interpol i/247 database. We connected the MIDAS to the Interpol database where we pass the information on traffickers to the Interpol,” he stated.
Celestin explained that the IOM has been involved in the biometric registration of children in the North-East, noting that the agency has registered no fewer than 17,053 children in 18 different internally displaced person camps between 2019 and May 2021 in Borno State.
The agency chief also disclosed that IOM was involved in the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Compact for North-East.
FG condemns killing of Nigerian footballer in UK
The Federal government has condemned the alleged killing of a Nigerian Footballer, Kelvin Igweani, by the UK police.
Recall that Igweani, a Nigerian Footballer, was shot dead by officers, who attended a call out to a house, where a child was found with serious injuries.
Reacting, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), in Abuja on Wednesday described the incident as very unfortunate,and sad.
Dabiri-Erewa condoled with the family of the deceased and the Nigerian communities in the UK while praying that God grants rest to the soul of the departed.
“We call on the UK government for a thorough and proper investigation to be carried out on the incident,” the statement added.
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