The Federal Government (FG) will be establishing anti-trafficking and violence against persons squads in all the 110 unity schools across the country.
Director General (DG) National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi said the move is necessary in combating Violence Against Persons.
Waziri-Azi said this in Abuja at a two days training programme for Public School Counsellors in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on necessary content in combating Violence Against Persons.
She said, “We are currently establishing what we call a trafficking in persons and violence against persons vanguards in secondary schools, we started last year with the establishment of this platform in Federal Government Girls Collage, Abuja and early this year we got approval from the Federal Ministry of Education to establish this same platform in the 110 unity schools, we are starting with the unity schools before we gradually move into Government schools.
“This is a platform for young people to educate themselves and peers on the ills of trafficking in persons and violence against persons.
“When we talk about violence against persons, people automatically think it just has to do with women, that is why the act is intentional by calling it violence against persons and not women. It also covers men.
“How many men know that if your wife or girlfriend destroys maybe you guys quarrel or she catches you with someone else and she goes and destroys your TV or property, how many people here know that it is a crime and it is punishable by two years. How many women know that when someone consistently calls you stupid it says you are worthless or an idiot, how many people know that it is a crime? That is called emotional abuse. We already have a law that protects us against all these things and penalises all the actions but you will not know that unless you know the content of that law.”