28 February 2021 By Victoria Abah
The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has commended Governor Yahaya Bello for his numerous Human Rights enforcement and advocacy efforts in the State.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu made this known during a visit to the Governor at his residence in Abuja.
Mr. Ojukwu noted that particularly, the establishment of the Kogi State Office of the Public Defender and Citizens’ Rights Commission, PDCRC was a welcomed development.
According to him, the mandate and functions of the PDCRC were similar to the NHRC as prescribed by the United Nations which would further facilitate the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights in the State and by extension the entire country.
The Executive Secretary asserted that the Governor stood out on issues concerning the promotion and protection of youths, women, the vulnerable and persons with disabilities, hence his appointment as the Chairman of APC Youths, Women and Persons with disabilities Mobilization Committee was not surprising.
While commending the Governor’s effort in the Justice Sector Reforms in the state, he expressed the commission’s readiness towards effective collaboration with PDCRC to ensure human rights of Kogi residents in particular and all Nigerians are given its rightful place.
Responding, Governor Bello reiterated his commitment to check insecurity issues and the promotion, protection and enforcement of human Rights.
He maintained that all the reforms in the Justice sector including the establishment of the Commission, was because he gave the State’s Attorney General, Ibrahim Sanni Muhammed SAN, unfettered instruction to effect reforms in the Justice sector for seamless dispensation of Justice.
The Governor thanked the NHRC for its visit, promising to give PDCRC all the needed support, within the resources of the State to enable it succeed and to also champion human rights advocacies in Nigeria.
In a remark, the Director General, Kogi State Office of the Public Defender and Citizens’ Rights Commission, Abdullahi Zakari while reeling out the successes of the commission since inception, stressed that the justice sector has witnessed far reaching reforms that has direct bearing on access to justice and protection of human rights, and enactment of laws, setting up institutions and general support to the justice sector.