PRESIDENT of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the appointment of Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi, as Director General of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.
Mohammed had replaced Mrs Imaan Sulaiman–Ibrahim who also occupied the office for only a few months before being named as a Federal Commissioner for the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, revealed this in a statement.
The statement said, the appointment was after a recommendation of the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, who expressed the “urgent need for the Ministry to intensify on the existing capacity in NAPTIP in order to achieve its Key Result Areas as identified.”
She 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.”
Waziri-Azi is a former Head of Department of Public Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a Women’s Right advocate, a campaigner against domestic and sexual based violence and an expert in Rule of Law.
The appointment came barely six months after Senator Basheer Mohammed was appointed the head of the agency.