By Chukwudi Samuel.
As a deliberate attempt to ensure maximum productivity and satisfactory service delivery, the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Imman Sulaiman Ibrahim, has embarked on massive unbiased reorganization at the agency with the redeployment and horizontal swapping of the Directors and Unit Heads.
The development which was hailed by cross section of officers and men of the Agency in the ongoing exercise also saw the creation of additional Regional Directorates and State Commands.
According to the agency, it would be recalled that on assumption of duty, the NAPTIP Director General had disclosed plans to reposition the counter Trafficking Agency In order to effectively deliver on it onerous mandates of curtailing incidence of human trafficking, irregular migration child abuse and other related crime in the country.
As a prelude to the ongoing rejuvenation of the Agency, Imaan Sulaiman Ibrahim, had in the last few months, embarked on serious advocacy and networking, reaching diver pertners and stakeholders which includes state Governor’s, Members of the Diplomatic Community, Civil Society Organizations, Sister Law Enforcement Agencies, State and Non State Actors in the fight against human trafficking.
In the first phase of the reorganization, no fewer than three Directors were horizontally moved from one department to the other namely the public Enlightenment, Investigation and Monitoring as well as Research and programme department, while the Northern Regional Director was recalled to head the investigation department at the Headquarters, Abuja.
The second phase of the exercise according to the Agency will involve the redeployment of some zonal commanders as well as elevation of some Assistant Directors respectively.Speaking on the development, the Director General, Imaan Sulaiman Ibrahim said the ongoing exercise is a strategic action aimed promotion optimum productivity among the officers.
DG went further “NAPTIP is a very important Agency that requires the best structure in order to be able to deliver on its mandates.
This is why the present Management under my watch, after due consultation and diligent search embarked on the ongoing reorganization which has been widely accepted by cross section of Officers and Men of the Agency”
“There is the need to expand the frontier of the Agency and make its presence visible in all States of the Federation. This informed the creation of additional State Commands and more shall be created in due course.
The DG said more Regional Directorates had been created this to enhance adequate supervision of the state Commands and to promote synergy with partners.Subsequently, we shall also create additional department for the ICT hub of the Agency which is very crucial in the areas of trafficking of victims and suspects.
“My goal is to situate NAPTIP among foremost Agencies of Government in Nigeria that is well structured with improved productivity and commendable performance” the NAPTIP boss stated.