The Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) Programme has provided support to stakeholders to advocate for the linking of Borno and Yobe states to the National Sex Offenders Register (NSOR). Following the resolutions of the Practice Dissemination Event on initiatives to address SGBV, stakeholders followed-up with the Attorney General and Commissioners of Justice in both states and the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). The advocacy efforts resulted in the approval for the linkage and nomination of officers for training.
Consequently, MCN organised a capacity building event on the effective operationalisation of the NSOR and the Service Provider Database. The event was held in Maiduguri on 15-16 November 2022 with stakeholders who will be involved in the management of the Borno and Yobe links to the NSOR. The two main stakeholder groups are known as the High-level Multi-Agency Team (Hi-MAT) and the Service Providers Accountability Resource Committee (SPARC).
Two NAPTIP officers facilitated sessions on the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act, the stakeholder working groups and coordination mechanisms for the linking to the NSOR, and the features and advantages of the register.