National Human Rights Commission Board To Get UN Support

National Human Rights Commission Board To Get UN Support
January 13 22:04 2018 Print This Article

The United Nations has expressed its willingness to support efforts by the Federal  Government towards a speedy constitution of the Governing Council of the  National Human Rights Commission to enable it discharge its statutory mandate  more efficiently.

The United Nations Deputy Secretary General, H.E Ms. Amina Mohammed made  this statement during an official meeting with the NHRC and the Hon. Attorney
General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN in  Abuja.

The Deputy Secretary General underlined the importance of the complementary  statutory responsibilities of both the Council and the Secretariat of the  Commission and that the constitution of the NHRC board was necessary to  enhance the operations of the Commission.

Ms Mohammed applauded the Federal Government for signing into law the Anti  Torture Bill 2017 as well as the Bill for Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims  of Gunshot 2017. According to the UN envoy, “these new laws will add values to  the protection of human rights in Nigeria”.

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN said there has  been tremendous achievements in human rights promotion and protection in the  country. He said that the Federal Government is rejuvenating the Nigerian Prisons  and other detention facilities to meet international standards.

The Ag. Executive Secretary NHRC, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah informed the visiting Deputy  Secretary General that the Commission had scaled up its activities in the training  of military personnel on respect for human rights and international humanitarian  laws as well as Rules of Engagement to address cases of mass violence and mass  atrocities involving armed forces personnel and Boko Haram insurgents.The Executive Secretary designate, Tony Ojukwu Esq, emphasized the need for
technical support to enable the Commission discharge its numerous responsibilities diligently. He also solicited for a better Condition of Service for  staff, stating that the Commission had lost some of its valuable and best hands  due to poor working conditions.

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