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NAPTIP Staff Now Better Equipped, Says Italian It Software Expert

26 July, 2014

Source: The Guardian

Abuja — THE staff of National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic In Persons (NAPTIP) are now better equipped for additional efficiency in service delivery, an Italian Information Technology (IT) security software trainer, Francesco Rosati has said on Thursday.

Rosati, a Project Manager with Sirfin-PA, Italy-based company contracted to train the staff, stated this at the end of the just concluded three-day United Nations on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)-funded training on IT security/investigation for staff of NAPTIP, in Abuja.

Rosati said that Sirfin-PA had been collaborating with NAPTIP since 2008, adding that the Italian company had completed upgrading the SIDDA-NET system, which he described as "a big and huge system coming from the Italian Ministry of Justice."

He disclosed that 36 staff of NAPTIP, drawn from the various zonal offices of the agency were beneficiaries of the training. According to him, it was the second training seminar of its kind, after the first one in 2010.

In his words, "We delivered the first training in 2010. This second training is a continuation of the first training; after the first training, the system became bigger. This last training is also designed to introduce the users or trainees to the new features of the system."

Rosati, who further disclosed that the next training for NAPTIP staff by Sirfin-PA was expected in six months' time, also stated, "In this last training, 36 users of the software system came from zonal offices and they are now able to work or use the system. This will be very useful to them in the future."

On what differentiated the previous training from the last one, Rosati stated: "The difference is, for example, more software modules for the investigation phase were added in this last training. So, the people can access the database and gain graphical modes; they can also discover or identify the pictures of suspects or victims. You know the problem in Nigeria is that you can change the name of a suspect or victim anytime. The next step is to improve the system with fingerprint."

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