The Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) is partnering with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to provide technical assistance on psychosocial support at community level.
National Coordinator of CSDP, Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje stated the readiness of the CSDP to collaborate with NAPTIP when he led management of the CSDP on a courtesy visit to the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, at the Agency’s head office in Abuja.
Obaje told the DG that psychosocial support is a major component of the CSDP and that the project has the capacity to provide psychosocial support to victims of rape, kidnap and other depression induced situation which the mandate of the NAPTIP also covers.
“the CSDP psychosocial support team in all the thirty (30) participating states and the FCT have been trained by the International Organization on Migration (IOM) in detecting various early warning signs of depression in vulnerable people and other psychosocial support activities”
“With 8,200 Community Project Management Committee and Group Project Management Committees in localities where CSDP is operating, the pro-poor project is rooted to assist NAPTIP reach out to the core communities where victims of trafficking in persons resides. Already, arrangements have reached top gear for the deployment of helplines in the state agencies to provide psychosocial support on COVID-19 and other crisis” Obaje assured.
He added that the CSDP with its experience in the North East, providing psychosocial support to Internally Displaced People/Children and those conscripted to fight for the terrorists would be added advantage when the partnership comes into fruition.
Responding, the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli commended the National Coordinator for having brought together such robust infrastructure in the 30 states and the FCT and the provision for psychosocial support to the Poor and Vulnerable people at the community level.
She listed five (5) ways that CSDP and NAPTIP Collaboration can bring in psychosocial support to assist victims of Kidnap, Rape, child sex trafficking, and other vices and also enlighten the vulnerable group through education. How to identity abductors and their characteristics, channels of reporting any suspicious persons, and raising awareness.
NAPTIP, an agency established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2003 to tackle human trafficking and other related matters has in her mandate, component that deals on providing awareness to the general public and Psychosocial support for Victims of Trafficking, who are mostly Vulnerable people with Gender bias.