BENIN—The government of Switzerland, in conjunction with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, UNODC, and NAPTIP, yesterday, presented equipment for the empowerment of 30 victims of human trafficking and illegal migration in Edo State.
The equipment which comprised sewing machines, hair dressing machines, electricity generators, refrigerators, gas cookers and other accessories, were handed over to those who participated in a three-day training, support and Capacity Building to NAPTIP on Management Training for Trafficked Persons. Jolanda Harren, Migration Adviser, Embassy of Switzerland to Nigeria, said the overall objective of the empowerment project is to tackle the issue of human trafficking, successful rehabilitation and reintegration of the victims. According to her, the purpose of the Swiss-Nigeria migration partnership is to work together more closely and in a comprehensive manner in the area of migration, in the interest of both countries and the migrants, with the aim of tackling the challenges of global migration. Harren, who recalled that Nigeria was the first country with which Switzerland established a migration partnership, since 2011, noted that since then, both countries have enjoyed close collaboration on migration issues. She said: “Numerous projects and activities have been implemented so far in various fields, including the fight against human trafficking and migrants smuggling, capacity building in immigration administration and protection of vulnerable migrants.”