Nigeria: First resource centre on trafficking in persons in the region

RSS - Press Release

ABUJA, 9 November 2015 - With a fast-growing, young and increasingly urban population, West Africa is undergoing rapid changes in population dynamics, which affect migration patterns. Mobility - which remains predominantly internal and within the region - and its associated benefits, such as access to employment and remittances, represent a vital livelihood strategy for many West Africans and their families. However, mobility can also increase vulnerability to exploitation and trafficking in children, women and men for labour exploitation, domestic servitude, sexual exploitation and exploitation through begging. This is why combating trafficking in persons is a priority for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and its Member States.

In this vein, the EU-funded project “Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM West Africa)” through its Demand Driven Facility for National Institutions (DDF) is supporting the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to develop the necessary tools for its resource centre on Trafficking In Persons (TIP). These tools include a comprehensive training curriculum, training modules and a trainer’s guide. A 5-day NAPTIP Taskforce Workshop to finalise the training curriculum for the resource centre takes place in Abuja from 9 to 13 November at the Onyx hotel, Garki, Abuja. This will be followed by another 10-day taskforce workshop to finalise the training modules, at the same venue, from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

The NAPTIP resource centre is the first of its kind in West Africa, and is designed to meet the training needs of agencies involved in the combat against TIP in Nigeria and in West Africa as a whole.  This technical assistance to NAPTIP comes at an opportune time, when Nigeria has become a source, transit and destination country for trafficked persons. Many trafficked persons identified in Nigeria are from other ECOWAS countries, while Nigerians have been reported as trafficked to almost all of the other ECOWAS countries, to other parts of Africa, Europe and the Middle East.



The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), established in 1993, is an international organisation that works in migration-related fields. Although ICMPD has a European basis and Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, it carries out its activities throughout the world, including in Europe, Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Through its six Competence Centres, ICMPD provides its 15 Member States and numerous partners with in-depth knowledge and expertise in dealing with the phenomena of migration. It does so through using a holistic 3-pillar approach: research, capacity building and migration dialogues.

Currently, ICMPD and IOM cooperate in the region in the FMM West Africa project which supports free movement and migration in the region. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented jointly by ICMPD, IOM and the International Labour Organization in coordination with the ECOWAS Commission.

The FMM West Africa project aims at maximising the development potential of free movement of persons and migration.

For further information and enquiries on the DDF technical assistance to National Institutions in ECOWAS countries and Mauritania, contact the DDF team at




Emmerentia Erasmus

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