President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Fatima Waziri-Azi as the Director-General of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

This was disclosed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Wednesday.

According to the President, the appointment is the sequel to a recommendation of the Hon. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, expressed the “urgent need for the ministry to intensify its existing capacity in the NAPTIP in order to achieve its Key Result Areas as identified.”

He added that the recommendation of Fatima Waziri-Azi was based on her “pedigree, vast experience and proven track record to drive the agency forward and consolidate on what has been achieved so far.”

The new NAPTIP DG was a former Head of the Department of Public Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

She is a women’s rights advocate, a campaigner against domestic and sexual-based violence, and an expert in the Rule of Law.

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