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).
Waziri-Azi takes over from Basheer Mohammed, the former NAPTIP DG.
The appointment was confirmed in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, on Wednesday.
Sadiya Farouq, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, was said to have recommended Waziri-Azi for the appointment.
Farouq was said to have expressed the “urgent need for the ministry to intensify the existing capacity in the NAPTIP to achieve its key result areas as identified”.
Waziri-Azi’s recommendation is said to be 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 the former head of the department of public law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
She is an expert in rule of law and an advocate against domestic and sexual-based violence.