President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, as the Director-General of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP.
The announcement was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the appointment was sequel to a recommendation made by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.
It further said that the Minister 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.”
She was further quoted to have said 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.”
Who is Fatima Waziri-Azi?
Waziri-Azi was a former Head of Department of Public Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
She is a Women’s Right advocate, a campaigner against domestic and sexual-based violence and an expert in Rule of Law.
Waziri-Azi formerly worked as a Legal Associate, New York City, Administration of Children Services, Division of Legal Services and a Legal Fellow at Transparency International USA, Washington D.C.
She is the founder of Safe Haven Foundation, a domestic violence NGO.
Waziri–Azi holds a Masters in Law degree from St Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida – U.S.A and a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – U.S.A.
She is an Associate member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK); member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); member, Association of Women in Development (AWID); member, Women in International Security (WIIS) and member, International Scrabble Club (ISC).