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House c’ttee wants emergency funds for NAPTIP

A House of Representatives Committee has called on the federal government to provide “emergency funds” for the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to carry out its mandate, especially in some neighbouring countries.

Chairperson of the committee on Human Rights Rep Beni Lar (PDP, Plateau) who made the appeal in Abuja at the weekend said an agency of NAPTIP’s status needed emergency funds considering the role it plays.
She said there was an urgent need for not only supplementary budget for NAPTIP but also an immediate intervention from government.
“We appeal to the federal government to please make available emergency funds to NAPTIP to carry out its mandate in Chad and Cameroon and even Niger (Republic) through their bilateral agreements on trafficking with these countries.
“Without funding they cannot carry out their functions in these countries. Tracking of this magnitude requires a lot of money,” she said.
She said her committee would pursue the appeal vigorously by meeting with finance minister to fashion out how they could raise some emergency funds for NAPIP.
Speaking on NAPTIP’s role in the effort being made to free the over 200 Chibok girls in Borno state, the lawmaker said the agency could not do anything due to inadequate funds.