National Human Rights Commission says it will not fold its arms and watch while law enforcement agencies, entities or individuals continue to trampled and violate the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.
Tony Ojukwu, Esq, Executive Secretary of the Commission disclosed this in Benin on Monday March 2, at a public sitting on Special Investigation Panel on Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria, organised for the South-South geo-political zone.
SGBV was set up April 2019 as a result of complaints received after security men led by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), under the auspices of FCT Task Force raided night clubs and the streets of Abuja.
Ojukwu said enssence of the SGBV Panel sitting was to check the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence in the country and increase access of Nigerians to the services of the Commission.
He added that the aim was to seek accountability where there is evidence to indicate that any officer, officials or individuals have been involved in acts of sexual and gender-based violence, stressing that it will also provide opportunities for fair hearing to both complainants and alleged violators.
“The public sitting is also to provide opportunities for fair hearing to both complainants and alleged violators and to mainstream human rights norms and tenets into the operation of AEPB, law enforcement officials and members of the public, etc, in line with global best practices and internationally accepted human rights standards.
“The SGBV Panel sitting will furthermore provide stakeholders opportunity to contribute to ideas on how best to develop guidelines and policies on sexual and gender-based violence for institutions, MDAs, public and private organisations and homes that can serve as good practices against the backdrop of reported cases of abuse”, he added.
While decrying the spate of human rights violation, Ojukwu said the SGBV Panel, since it was set up April 2019, has so far received one and hundred and thirteen (113) complaints/memorandum across the six geo-political zones, stressing that the South-East takes the lead with a total of thirty-five (35) cases, representing 30%.
He added that South-South comes next in human rights violation with twenty-six (26) cases, while the North-Central accounts for 19 cases and the North-West 17 cases. 12 cases of human rights abuse were recorded in the South-West while the North-Esst has the lowest with the total number of 4 cases.
The Chairman, who disclosed that the Commission had completed sittings in major cities in the country and had so far recorded success in handling gender-based violence, called on members of the public particularly South-South residents with gender-based violence to forward their complaints to the panel, assuring that identities of such persons would be fully protected.
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The Public Sitting which was attended by Civil Society Organisations, security agencies, antigraft agencies and other key stakeholders lasted for two days (Monday March 2 to Tuesday March 3).
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FG Extends Kaduna-Abuja Train Resumption
The Ministry of Transportation, on Sunday, in Kaduna, extended the resumption date for the Kaduna-Abuja train Service
Recall that the train service was suspended in March 2022, after bandits attacked its passengers, killed 25, wounded several others and Kidnapped over 50 passengers.
However, early this month, the federal government had promised that the Kaduna-Abuja train service would resume before the end of November.
But the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, while on inspection tour to examine its readiness for operation before the commencement of operations, said certain things needed to be in place before resumption.
He said the FG has introduced a new system of purchasing tickets, which he said is the beginning of security checks that would assist the government to know who boards the train at every point in time.
Although he declined speaking on the actual resumption date, but assured the public that it wouldn’t be far from now.
Dangote Plans Fresh 300,000 Jobs For Nigerians
Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is optimistic that the new multibillion naira investment in the sugar sub-sector would help provide no fewer than 300,000 jobs in Nigeria.
A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company quoted the Group’s President Aliko Dangote as saying that the company was providing fresh funds and thus expanding its operations in the sugar sub-sector.
Mr Dangote, who was speaking at the Flagg off Ceremony of the 2022/2023 Crushing Season and Outgrower Scheme Awards in Numan, Adamawa State, said the opportunities would include both direct and indirect jobs.
Dangote, who is Africa’s top philanthropist, expressed optimism that the massive investment will create over 300,000 jobs for Nigerians.
He said, “We are making a massive investment in Adamawa State through expansion of DSR Numan’s sugar refining capacity from 3000tcd to 6000tcd, 9800tcd, and to 15,000tcd. DSR will be able to create about three hundred thousand jobs, direct and indirect, with positive multiplier effects on the economy nationwide.”
The Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the government.
Dangote was appointed Chairman, National Job Creation Committee in 2010 to assist the Federal Government in providing more employment opportunities for Nigerians.
The Dangote President had also announced that his company was doubling its spending on CSR schemes in host communities in Adamawa State, the location of its 32,000 hectares integrated sugar complex.
Speaking in Numan, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described the Dangote Sugar Refinery as the biggest contributor to the development of the sugar development effort of the Federal Government.
The Minister also commended Mr Dangote for the massive support through his Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.
In the same vein, the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals is expected to create some 250,000 job opportunities when completed next year.
Already, Dangote Cement Plc is one of Africa’s biggest job providers in the manufacturing sector.
Igbos Inaugurate Biafra House In US, Give Reasons
Igbos residing in the United States, US, have inaugurated the Biafra House in Oxon Hill in Maryland, Washington DC.
It was gathered that the Biafra House was inaugurated to serve people who believe in Biafra and friends of the nation.
This was authoritatively disclosed to DAILY POST by a source.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Biafra House is officially opened for business to the public, including Government Administrative Matters, Diplomatic Protocol, International Relations, and Security, amongst others.”
The Biafra House was formed to help Igbos in the US and Diaspora interact with the international community.
According to the source: “The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.
“Biafra House is where Biafrans in the United States and the World can seek Diplomatic and Consular services, as it’s open for five business days a week and within the New York time zone.”
“Again, The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the Fulani government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.”
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