UNODC Trains NAPTIP, NIS, on data gathering and analysis

Kano, 8th February 2022-To successfully combat trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, the role of data gathering, and analysis is critical. Mastering this skill will enable relevant agencies to better understand trends and patterns of trafficking, as well as to evaluate more accurately the effectiveness and impact of government policies and legislation.

Therefore, with the support of the Government of Canada, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC embarked in 2021 on the training of officers of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS). Following an initial training of trainers, workshops were organized across the six geo-political zones, NAPTIP and NIS officers were trained on data collection methods, tracking and mapping offenses, profiling victims and migrants, analyzing perpetrators’ backgrounds; understanding and categorizing forms of exploitation, and learning best practices in data collection, processing, analysis dissemination in support of strategic, tactical and operational planning.

Training sessions were facilitated by NIS and NAPTIP trained officers, who had attended an intensive training-of-trainers workshop.

The training session in Kano brought together NAPTIP and NIS officers based in Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and states. In total, 123 officers from NAPTIP and NIS field commands nationwide, as well as Edo state Taskforce Against Human Trafficking have benefited from the six training sessions.

Commenting on the training, Sudan Aliyu Abubakar, Head of ICT unit, NAPTIP Kano Zonal Command, and data officer for investigation and monitoring department, stated that he had learnt new areas on data entry and analysis.

For Ekure Franca, NIS Katsina state command; “The training is an exposition into areas which were otherwise silent in the delivery of our job.”

George Akalonu, of NIS Jibia special border command, Katsina state: “I really appreciate this programme. The training has broadened our experience and knowledge. It provided an opportunity to interact and share ideas with the facilitators. This training will help us in the future”.

Umebali Ihuoma from NIS Jigawa state command said: “This training has been helpful to me. I have learnt how to use Excel for data gathering and analysis”.

Abdulrasaq Adio, NAPTIP Security Officer and Chief Intelligence Officer, Kano Zonal Command. “The exercises helped us to brainstorm and engage one another. Though not a data man in the office, we have our records in the investigation department. This training has helped me learn how to gather and analyse data. And when I get back to the office, I would teach the data man, one or two things that I have learnt.