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Wazir-Azi Replaces Basheer Garba As New NAPTIP DG

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A former Head of Department of Public Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Dr Fatima Waziri- Azi has been appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Director-General of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

This was revealed in a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu. Garba said the new appointment was made based on a recommendation made by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.

“This is sequel to a recommendation of the Hon. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, who expressed the ‘urgent need for the Ministry to intensify on the existing capacity in the NAPTIP in order to achieve its key result areas as identified’ Garba said

He said further 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.”

Dr Waziri-Azi is replacing the former Director-General of the agency, Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed, who was appointed to the office in May this year.

Dr Fatima Waziri- Azi is “a women’s rights advocate, a campaigner against domestic and sexual-based violence and an expert in Rule of Law”, the statement concluded.

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