The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has launched the first annual report on the implementation of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) VAPP Act.
Section 42 of the Act mandates NAPTIP, the implementing agency, to submit annual reports of implementation to the federal government. The 2020 annual report - the first of its kind since the passage of the VAPP Act in 2015 - was presented to the public on 4 December 2021. It provides a detailed analysis of milestones achieved since 2015, the challenges encountered during implementation, and recommendations on next steps in actualising the aspiration to eradicate all forms of violence against persons. The report was developed in collaboration with various agencies and with the support of RoLAC.
The highlight of the event was the public presentation of the report by the Honourable Minister of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen. The event was attended by top government officials including the Honourable Minister of Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (represented by the Permanent Secretary); the Director General of NAPTIP; the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission; the Deputy Head of European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS; representatives of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Correctional Services, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the National Bureau for Statistics; and civil society organisations.
“If we want the country to grow, we must address SGBV holistically. We must work together and collaborate.”
Dame Pauline Tallen, Honourable Minister of Federal Ministry of Women Affairs