The Director General/CEO of Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda has reiterated the Agency’s desire to partner with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) towards building the capacities of rescued victims of Human Trafficking.
The Director General stated this when he led the SMEDAN Management team on a courtesy visit to NAPTIP in Abuja. Dr. Radda said that having watched with keen interest the giant strides and efforts put in place towards combating the scourge of trafficking, SMEDAN was encouraged and willing to extend its specialized training programmes as a means of providing sustainable livelihood that would facilitate economic and financial self-reliance through entrepreneurship development.
He listed the proposed intervention programme to be offered by SMEDAN to include; sensitization of the trafficked victims, skill acquisition, entrepreneurship training, and facilitation to market linkage via SMEDAN online platform, mentoring/counseling/advisory services and monitoring and evaluation for impact assessment to the victims.
He stressed the need to seek for financial consideration for the victims via the federal government 220billion MSME fund and also reach out to donors in other to have full package in helping the trafficked victims.
He also called for signing of an immediate Memorandum of Understanding MOU and setting up of a technical committee consisting of management staff to fast track and for smooth running of the two agencies activities.
Responding, the Director General of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah Donli welcomed the Director General of SMEDAN and his team. She expressed her readiness and willingness to work with SMEDAN in uplifting the lives of the rescued trafficked victims via using the proposed intervention programme by SMEDAN, she also welcomed the idea of joint responsibility to access the federal government MSME fund.
She hinted the DG SMEDAN on the ever ready international donors for sponsorship with regards to finance so far as a programme is being presented.
Both teams agreed on setting up a technical committee to speed up the execution of its partnered activities to achieve its main objectives.