The #Nigerian Government with the Japanese and Swiss governments have signed three new projects to support the Nigerian Government in its fight against organized criminal activities.
The release from the Publicity Department of the National Planning Commission on Tuesday May 19, 2015 indicated that two of the three new projects are #Japanese government funded.
The projects are aimed at supporting the fight against trafficking in persons (TIP) in Nigeria and strengthening national response to security threats through enhanced border control in Nigeria.
The Swiss support is in the area of capacity building to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (TIP).
The report also noted that the three projects will be implemented through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC).
The #Minister / Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission, #Abubakar Sulaiman (Dr) signed on behalf of the Nigerian Government, while the Japanese Government was represented by #Masaya Otsuka,
Masaya Otsuka is the #Charge’ d’ Affaires Ad Interim, while the representative of the #Swiss Government, #Daniel Cavegen, is the #Charge’ d’ affaires of the Embassy of Switzerland in Nigeria.
Abubakar Sulaiman in his speech at the occasion, expressed government’s appreciation for the support, stating that the projects will provide necessary support to the Nigerian government in the area of enhanced criminal justice response as well as curbing terrorism and human trafficking in the country.
He explained that Nigeria has been faced with insurgency in the last five years; adding that lately the efforts of #President Goodluck Jonathan have yielded positive results in curbing the insurgency menace in the country.
“As we all aware, Nigeria has been faced with insurgency, especially in the last five years with particular concentration in the North- Eastern part of the country. We thank God that the present administration under the leadership of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has been working tirelessly to root out the insurgents and the efforts have yielded tremendous positive results lately. Many hostages including women and girls have been freed in the process,” he said.
The Minister also disclosed that the government is addressing the issue of resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Northern Nigeria and Nigerians from the neighbouring countries.
He further inferred that the government is making tremendous efforts to bring back normalcy to the insurgency affected areas, particularly in the North – Eastern region and to restore their local market.
In his remarks at the event, the Charge’ D’ Affaires AD Interim of Japan, Masaya Otsuka said that the government of Japan and UNODC have had cooperative relationship for a long time, especially in the field of #countering illicit drugs, #crime and #criminal justice reform as well as #counter terrorism activities.
“During the first Strategic Dialogue between Japan and UNODC in Yokohama on June 2, 2014 and the fifth Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD V) they identified regional, thematic and other areas for strategic cooperation and developed the Joint Plan of Action which Japan and UNODC agreed on towards enhancing substantive and operational collaboration in Africa. The specific areas were related to peace and security such as strengthening criminal justice system, countering transitional organized crimes, corruption and cybercrime as well as combating terrorism and piracy,” Masaya Otsuka said.
He added that the Japanese government will continue to work with the government of Nigeria in cooperation with UNODC to ensure effective implementation towards achieving the desired results.
The UNODC representative, Koli Kouame in his talk hinted that the signing ceremony for the three projects with the National Planning Commission was in furtherance to the financing agreements between UNODC, the Government of Japan and Switzerland earlier this year.
In his address, the Representative of the National Security Adviser (NSA) to Nigerian President, Nu’uman Bamalli opined that Nigeria’s relationship with the two countries is at the highest level, indicating that the Office of the NSA has set up a centre responsible for enhancing border control and related security matters.
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