The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta says the Commission would join forces with the National Agency for the prohibition of Traffic in Persons, NAPTP, to nip the human trafficking menace in the bud .
Danbatta made the assurance when the Agency paid a courtesy visit to the Commission in Abuja.
The EVC, said human trafficking should be condemned by every right thinking person because it constitutes a social problem not just to the individual families but to the entire nation.
The NCC boss described human trafficking as a major crisis that constitute national embarrassment and social problem, saying that all hands must be on deck to check the hydra-headed monster as it causes agony to loved ones and must be condemned in all forms.
He stated that the commission is committed to collaborating with the Agency in line with its eight point agenda on strategic partnership and co-operation with other agencies adding that efforts are in place to complete emergency numbers, and that the toll free line 622 will help citizens lodge complains.
‘‘We frown at these unscrupulous activities. It must be eradicated from the society for us to have safe society.
“We are assuring Nigerians that the 112 facility will be in use in most of the states of the federation including the FCT by the time the project is completed we see it as an important toll free number that will bring relief to citizens in distress and as well access health care and emergency services it is a very important project and the federal government has done the right thing by entrusting the NCC to drive the implementation of this important project in the country.”
He assured that the commission is committed to ensure citizens enjoy efficient telecommunications service, adding that it regulates the infrastructures and that there are performance indicators to measure and draw the attention of the service providers to ensure conformity.
While urging NAPTIP to leverage the Toll Free line 112 to empower the people in distress situation, pending when the Commission would add NAPTIP on the list of other key agencies of government, Dambatta promised that the Commission will seek ways to encourage service providers to render assistance in rehabilitating victims of human trafficking.
He also advised the agency to collaborate with telecom agencies and leverage on the use of free SMS to create awareness on the effects of human trafficking, calling to mind its stand on unsolicited text message and tasked them to make effective use of ICT.
Earlier in her address, the Director General of NAPTIP Julie Donli said they were on a familiarization visit to highlight areas of collaborations with NCC on dangers of human trafficking; seek areas of partnership and cooperation and to draw attention to the dangers of human trafficking to the nation.
She further explained that the visit was to seek ways of making NAPTIP a beneficiary of some of its initiatives such as emergency communication centres, to breach distress gap between the distressed and emergency response Agency, as well as help with a three digit emergency number.
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