Lagos - United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, expressed his admiration of Beatrice Jedy-Agba's work to curbing human trafficking and promoting peace in the country.
The two recently met ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the UN's Headquarters.
It came on the back of a meeting Kerry meeting President Goodluck Jonathan at the sidelines of the UN event.
"And weeks before, I shook hands with Beatrice Jedy-Agba—a courageous Nigerian womanwho has devoted her life’s work to combatting human trafficking and bringing a peaceful, secure future to all Nigerians," Kerry said in a statement ahead of Nigeria's Independence Day on Wednesday.
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Jedy-Agba is the Executive Secretary of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP.
She has recently been named the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Hero.
Kerry conferred the award on behalf of the US in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department.
Jonathan appointed her as Executive Secretary of the anti-human trafficking agency in September 2011.
During her period with NAPTIP, Jedy-Agba succeeded in repositioning the agency, capping it with the 2014 trafficking in persons report placing Nigeria on tier two ranking.
- CAJ News