Abuja (UNA-OIC) – The Federal Government of Nigeria, in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and The Netherlands on Tuesday, inaugurated a program to assist victims of illegal migration and trafficking in the West African nation.
The project, sponsored by the Government of The Netherlands and tagged “Cooperation on Migration and Partnership to Achieve Sustainable Solutions (COMPASS)”, is a global initiative designed to protect migrants and victims of trafficking.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the initiative also aims to tackle human trafficking, human smuggling, and support dignified return as well as promote sustainable reintegration.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, IOM’s Program Manager Ms Saskia Kok explained that the scheme takes advantage of a social approach to assisting individuals.
She said the project would be implemented simultaneously in 12 countries and would work across all levels, including households, communities, and the wider community.
Countries, where the program will be implemented, include Nigeria, Afghanistan, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, and Tunisia.