31 August 2012

Nigeria: FG, States Collaborate On Security

The Federal Government and the 36 states across the federation yesterday met in Abuja to further strengthen the existing partnership aimed at addressing the security challenges in the country.

The meeting organised by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) brought together federal and state security administrators to deliberate on human security and trafficking, economic, food, health, environmental, personal, community as well as political security.

Permanent Secretary Special Services Office of the SGF, Mrs. Esther Gonda who is also chairperson of the meeting said participants will discuss the challenges posed by hunger and the breakdown of values to national life in Nigeria.

Gonda said for Nigeria to develop, people need to feel safe walking on the streets and must feel protected from any loss to life and property as well as traditional values and culture.

She said the meeting will "discuss and see how we can go back to our states and apply them."

The session, which has all representatives of the security agencies, will focus on human trafficking, with input from National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) on the state of human trafficking in the country.

She lamented the growing incidence of human trafficking both locally and internationally, stressing that government is working seriously and will continue to collaborate with states across the country to address the menace.

"The United States' report on the state of human trafficking states that more than 800, 000 men, women and children are being trafficked across the International borders annually.

"Approximately 80 percent of this figure is women and girls while up to 50 percent are minors. Majority of the transnational victims are engaged in sexual exploitation," she said.

Gonda said the victims were at times even taken to other West Africa countries with worse economic conditions than Nigeria.

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