PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT DEPARTMENT
The Public Enlightenment Department of NAPTIP is one of the core departments of the Agency and has been in existence since the inception of the Agency. It has organized and executed several awareness creation and sensitization programmes, in virtually all the States of the country in collaboration with our Zonal Commands, State Commands and Liaison Offices.
The Mandate of the Department according to Section 12 (3) of the Trafficking In Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act of 2015 (TIPPEA Act 2015), provides that the Public Enlightenment Department shall be responsible for –
- Carrying out information and awareness-raising campaigns, seminars and workshops, radio and television programmes aimed at educating the public on the dangers of trafficking in persons, especially to sectors and groups that are vulnerable to trafficking in persons, in co-operation with the media, non-governmental organisations, labour, market organisations, migrants’ organisations and other segments of civil society;
- Developing educational programmes, in particular for young people, to-
- address gender discrimination and promote gender equality and respect for the dignity and integrity of every human being;
- include trafficking in persons in human rights curricula in schools and universities; and
- address the underlying causes of trafficking, such as poverty, under-development, unemployment, lack of opportunities and discrimination in all its forms, and improve the social and economic conditions of groups at risk.
The Department is replicated in the Zonal Commands as Public Enlightenment Units.
STRUCTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT (HEADQUATERS)
For optimum performance, the department is structured and divided into three (3) Divisions: Sensitisation, Social Mobilisation and Coordination (SSM&C); Seminars Workshops and Collaborations (SW&C); and Publications, Production and Advocacy (PP&A).
METHODS OF OPERATIONS:
Several methods are usually employed by the department in its operations. Any method employed at any point in time will generally depend on several factors such as the literacy level of the targeted audience, location, age bracket, predominant language spoken, etc. The methods are as follows: Conferences, seminars, workshop, Strategic alliance and cooperation, Production and distribution of sensitization materials such as red cards, fact sheets, Face caps, T/shirts, stickers and posters, Advocacy / courtesy visits, awareness campaigns, rallies, organized excursions, Pre-Sensitization tours to human-trafficking endemic areas, Newspaper sensitization and awareness, publication of electronic media messages, outdoor publicity using bill boards, Jingles, Local media Newsletter publications, Dramas, Feedback mechanism, publication of Social Media messages etc.
(a.) To create awareness and knowledge of TIP through an effective, holistic, and measurable awareness raising campaign in accordance with tried and tested approaches and contextual realities.
(b.) Scale up visibility for NAPTIP and its activities in all the States of the Federation.
(c.) Conduct evidence-based campaigns to capture grassroots and “hard to reach” communities.
(d.) To Develop and disseminate specialized messages to reach specific vulnerable groups and communities.
(e.) Organize more advocacy visits in order to sensitize Policy makers, Opinion leaders and gatekeepers to implement strategies against TIP.
(f.) Sensitize relevant organizations on the need to develop programmes targeting vulnerable communities which will reduce factors that perpetuate vulnerabilities of women, young persons and children.
Contact Person: Josiah Emerole