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MRS. BEATRICE JEDY-AGBA

Beatrice Jedy-Agba graduated from Bendel State University, Ekpoma in 1989 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990 and retained as a prosecutor with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in 1992 after undergoing the mandatory National Youth Service Corp Programme at the agency. Jedy-Agba worked at the Federal Ministry of Justice serving as Chief State Counsel, Department of International and Comparative Law in 2004. Thereafter, she was posted to the National Boundary Commission as Legal Adviser and Special Assistant to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice in 2010.  Jedy-Agba was appointed Executive Secretary of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) by President Goodluck Jonathan in September 2011. During her period with NAPTIP, Jedy-Agba has succeeded in repositioning the Agency to meet the challenges of combatting human trafficking.

PAPER TITLE: Challenges in addressing the prevalence of trafficking in Nigerian women and children: The NAPTIP Experience


PROF OSITA AGBU

Osita Agbu is Research Professor at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, Nigeria. His specializations include Democracy and Governance; Science, Technology and Development, and Nigerian Foreign Policy. Professor Agbu presented one of the lead papers at the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking in 2008. He is co-editor, Nigeria in the Global Arena (2011); editor, Children and Youth in the Labour Process in Africa (CODESRIA, 2009); formerly editor of the Nigerian Journal of International Affairs (NJIA, 2004 – 2011); and currently editor of the Survey of Nigerian Affairs. Professor Agbu has also been Visiting Research Fellow at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala; Institute for Global Dialogue, Johannesburg; and Institute for Developing Economies, Japan.

PAPER TITLE: Trafficking of women and children in Nigeria: what progress?


SENATOR EME UFOT EKAETTE

Eme Ekaette, obtained a Bachelors in Pharmacy (B.PHARM) from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Certificates in Environment Science, Managing Drug, Total Quality Management, and Addiction Management among others. She started her career with the Federal Manufacturing Laboratory (1970-1971), before moving to the Military Hospital (Creek) Lagos (1972-1980) and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC, 1980-1996). On retirement, Ekaette established Safi Pharmacy Limited in November 1996. Thereafter, she was elected the first female President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in 1997. She has also worked with several Humanitarian Organisations before establishing the Foundation for Family Health Education. In 1990, Ekaette became actively involved in politics and contested and won election into the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2007.

PAPER TITLE: Child Witches: Dwelling on the Akwa-Ibom State Experience