Human trafficking remains a major challenge to the global community because it is a threat to human and the causes of crimes in the world at large
In its efforts to combat trafficking in humans, the Female Drivers Association of Nigeria FEDAN through the support of FIIAPP ATIPSOM and NACTAL pilot project to train 40 anti-human trafficking female drivers to combat human trafficking in their communities.
The one-day workshop aimed to build capacities of female drivers to enable them identify forced labour, human trafficking and smuggling activities and what appropriate actions to take
In his speech, the Team leader ATIPSOM Nigeria, Mr Federico Millan appreciated the association of female drivers for availing themselves in building the capacities of their members to help curb the menace of human trafficking and migrant smuggling
He reiterated that the training was designed to strengthen the capacity of the participants in preventing human trafficking and smuggling migrants
He commended FEDAN President for putting up her best with the determination to train female drivers to end trafficking in Nigeria.
Millan added that the purpose of the training is for female drivers to gain wider knowledge that would capture all the strategies and methods used by perpetrators of the heinous crime.
Team Leader ATIPSOM Nigeria, said his organisation would continue to support FEDAN in whatever capacity within its jurisdiction to enhance its role in the fight against trafficking
In her special remarks, the President of the association, Amb.Eunice Odeghe,expressed her appreciation to FIIAPP ATIPSOM Nigeria for organizing the training. She acknowledged the significance of the initiatives in strengthening the fight against human trafficking
She said FEDAN was formed to bring all women professional drivers and automobile workers together under one umbrella to promote their interests and to deal with their challenges.
Transportation being a derived demand is a 24/7 industry as such “this training will help to boost our knowledge more in the fight against human trafficking.”Said Odeghe
Speaking on the mission of the Association, the President said it’s to promote women drivers in Nigeria, to stand as mouth piece for female drivers,to reach out to the grassroots irrespective of tribes or religion in areas that will benefit women.
The role of women in the transport sector must not be overlooked because they are family pillar and safety conscious.
While urging the drivers to ensure the safety of their passengers, she tasked them to speak out and report any suspicious action to safe a soul as ignorance of the law is not an excuse
Odeghe, who wished the participants fruitful delibration,urged them to apply the knowledge gained inorder to achieve set objective of the training as well as disseminate the knowledge gained across their communities on how to identify and report human trafficking cases
The training which was facilitated by Mr Olusayo Olubiyi, Mrs Imaobong Ladipo Sanusi and Joseph Sanwo talked about the overview of human trafficking, understanding the concept of migration and migrants smuggling,how to recognize signs of human trafficking,contributing to prevention strategies of TIP and SOM.
The workshop was attended by the Mandate Secretary for the newly formed FCTA Women Affairs Secretariat, Adedayo Benjamins-Laniyi, the
National President NACTAL,Abdulganiyu Abubakar, NACTAL FCT Coordinator, Mrs. Carol Shalom,FCT Sector Commandant FRSC, NOA etc