NHRC Vows To Bring Human Rights Violators To Justice

NHRC Vows To Bring Human Rights Violators To JusticeThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has vowed to bring perpetrators of human rights violation in the country to justice.

The Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Professor Bem Angwe, read the riot act on Monday at a gathering with officials of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The declaration is part of measures to curb the number of women and children becoming widows and orphans as a result of the activities of insurgents, which is becoming worrisome to the NHRC.

Professor Angwe identified the activities of insurgents as a major challenge in the protection of human rights but promised that the commission would not allow human rights violators to further worsen the situation.

He appealed to women and victims of domestic violence to stop shielding perpetrators, stating NHRC’s determination to bring such perpetrators to justice.

Angwe further urged the Federal Government to establish a social security scheme that would see to the needs of rape victims and persons whose rights and dignity had been violated.

Taking up the challenge, President of the NCWS, Nkechi Okemili-Mba, pledged to sensitise women on their rights and the need to protect them.

There are about 200 daily reports of cases of human rights violation.

Participants at the event believed that victims of all forms of rights violation would heave a sigh of relief if the NHRC truly matches words with actions.

FG Insists on National Good Governance Tour In Edo State

Despite a recent criticism of the National Good Governance Tour (NGGT) by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state and his stance on not welcoming the tour, the NGGT has insisted on proceeding with its visit to projects sites in the event that any state opts out.

The coordinator of NGGT, Mr Samuel Ajayi, made this known in a statement on Saturday, saying that the “Tour Team will go ahead and inspect Federal projects in such states.”

“But where any state chooses not to participate, it can opt out of the NGGT without blackmailing the Tour Team” Mr Ajayi declared.

“It has become imperative to set the records straight, following comments credited to the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, wherein he declared that he would not use state resources to fund the National Good Governance Tour (NGGT) visit to his state” the statement read.

Explaining the origin and duty of NGGT, the statement noted that the tour is a programme designed by the Federal Ministry of Information in collaboration with the National Planning Commission and the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Performance Monitoring and endorsed by the 36 State Governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and the National Economic Council, to publicize the development programmes and projects of all tiers of government in the country.

“It is a non-partisan tour involving the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists; (NUJ) the Radio, Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU); leaders of women and youth organisations; National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS); National Council of Women Societies (NCWS); leaders of non-governmental organisations; operatives of security agencies; representative(s) of the Nigeria Governors Forum Secretariat; and reporters from the nation’s print and electronic media.”

So far, the NGGT team has visited 14 states in the North-Central, South-East and the South-South geo-political zones of the country.