The punishment is part of the provisions of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition), Enforcement and Administration Bill, 2012 presented to the council by the Minister of Justice, Muhammed Adoke (SAN), at its meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday.
The government also blacklisted a construction firm, EC Oba Industrial Company Limited, for putting up a structurally defective building.
The firm was involved in the construction of the Nigerian Navy building which collapsed in Abuja on January 28, 2012.
Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Wednesday meeting.
Maku was joined at the briefing by his colleagues, Ama Pepple (Housing); Ruqqayatu Rufai (Education); Bolaji Abdullahi (Sports); Edem Duke (Tourism); Olusola Obada (State, Defence) and Yerima Ngama (State, Education).
On the trafficking in persons bill, Maku said the Federal Government decided to tighten the noose around the culprits because the crime had become a national embarrassment to the country.
He said the decision was born out of the government’s conviction that Nigeria needed a law that would adequately address the issue in tandem with global practices.
Apart from jail terms, he said, different categories of fines were also stipulated in the bill for culprits.
Maku said, “The existing legal framework for addressing the subject matter which is the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act, 2003 (as amended), is fraught with deficiencies and is grossly inadequate to effectively combat the scourge of human trafficking in Nigeria.
“After deliberations, and in order to cure the effects in existing law, council approved the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition), Enforcement and Administration Bill, 2012 for transmission to the National Assembly for passage into law.”