Sunday 22 May 2022


The setting up of Task Forces on Human Trafficking in some states in Nigeria is indeed a viable strategy for improving response to trafficking in persons in Nigeria. I was a valued facilitator at the UN Office on Drug & Crime (UNODC)/National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) workshop on 'Victim identification, rescue, report and referral/review of findings of needs assessment/process of work planning/2022 alignment with the National Action Plan (NAP)'. The workshop was held between the 16th and 20th of May 2022 at Sunview hotel, Akure, Ondo state, Nigeria. My 64th birthday fell on 17th May, the second day of the workshop, and I was lavishly celebrated by colleagues and trainees. Once again, I thank you all...

Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa cutting her birthday cake provided by colleagues & trainees @ the workshop

Some of the facilitators were:

*Adeyinka Adeosun - UNODC

*Ms. Abimbola Adewunmi - UNODC

*Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa - Independent Conflict Transformation Strategist/Gender Specialist & Former Director, Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Abuja

*Morka - UNODC Consultant

*Peter Essien - NAPTIP

*Effeh Ekrika - NAPTIP

*Hakeem Lawal - NAPTIP

*Ms. Helen Emuze - NAPTIP

*Ghada Fathy Ismail Waly - UNOV/UNODC Executive Director

*Diane Schmitt - EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator

*Nadia Murad - UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking (Video Message)

*Justice Ayesha Malik - Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan

*Dr. Ibtisam Aziz - Chairperson of the GLO ACT Women's Network Advisory Board

During the workshop, trainees and facilitators joined two meetings via Zoom in order to have a feel of progress made by other countries like Pakistan, etc. on SGBV, referral and rescue of victims of human trafficking.

L-R: Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa & Ms. Abimbola Adewunmi (Programme Manager, UNODC). Bimbo was my student in the Dept. of Political Science, Lagos State University, LASU in the 1990s (this was a pleasant surprise for me @ the workshop)

Some of the papers delivered were:

*UNTOC Protocol on Trfficking in Persons/Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by land, sea and air.

*National framework on TIP
-The powers & functions of NAPTIP in line with the TIPPEA Act
-The structure of NAPTIP/Framework for cooperation with states

*Group work: Environment scanning - List of human trafficking & exploitation crimes in Ekiti and Ondo states.

*Refresher of knowledge of TIP and associated concepts

*The two papers I presented were: 
-Sexual and gender-based violence as an element of human trafficking
-Understanding exploitation and abuse in the context of human rights

*How to strengthen & increase cooperation & referral with NAPTIP

*Exchange of information on HT between state & federal actors

*Bridging the gap: Review of findings of needs assessment

On the whole the trainee Human Trafficking Task Forces in Ondo & Ekiti states underwent intensive training under the tutelage of experienced faculty members. They developed their work-plans for the 2022-2023 at the workshop. We look forward to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of their strides vis-a-vis their work-plans... 

L-R: Dayo & Mrs. Shirley Atane, a trainee & Special Assistant Gender & Legal Matters/SA to the Attorney-General of Ekiti state on Gender

L-R: Dayo & Mrs. Kemi Okupe, a trainee and Director Youth, Ondo state Ministry of Youth & Sports Development

                                  Colleagues & trainees celebrating Dayo on her 64th birtday

                                                               Dayo @ the workshop

                                          L-R: Yinka Adeosun (UNODC official) & Dayo

                                                     Dayo on the 4th day of the workshop


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