The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons says it will explore the entertainment industry to create awareness on combating human trafficking in the country.
Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, stated this while signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Heatfactory ICI Production and Otabor TV in Abuja on Friday.
Okah-Donli explained that in the past, the agency explored industry sector by partnering Wale Adenuga Productions to produce one of the popular super stories, Itohan, to raise awareness on dangers of human trafficking.
She said that the impact such production had on awareness creation was huge and prominent.
According to her, the agency is seeking for ways to replicate the same in Nollywood.
She said: “It is a thing of joy to engage with Heatfactory ICI Productions and Otabor TV to bring such emotional and captivating stories to the screens.
“We are willing and poised to extend a hand of partnership to any organisation ready to assist us spread the anti-human trafficking message to the world.
“The agency will continue its advocacy and sensitisation on the need to protect our youth from human trafficking; we therefore implore members of the public to be our eyes and ears.
“This they will do by spreading the anti-human trafficking message to all and sundry and report suspected cases of human trafficking.”
In his remarks, the Director of Heatfactory ICI productions and Otabor TV, Ideh Innocent, said that Nigerians must come together to tackle the menace of human trafficking.
Innocent stated that women and children were more vulnerable to human trafficking in the country hence the need for collective effort to stem it.
He said: “It is time for people on the continent of Africa to come together to save the lives of the future of Africa”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the signing of the MoU was witnessed by Ghanaian popular actor, John Dumelo.