In order to ensure that the country improves on its Human Rights reporting obligations, public enlightenment and the need to institutionalize a broad national consultative process to assess the human rights situation in the country periodically.
The National Human Rights Commission organized 2019 Annual Human Rights Summit to provide a platform for human rights stakeholders to put into proper perspective various issues concerning the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights in Nigeria.
In his welcome address, the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu, Esq expressed optimism that the summit would assist Nigeria in fulfilling in its International, Regional and National obligations towards the Promotion, Protection and Enforcement of Human Rights.
The Acting President, National industrial Court of Nigeria, His lordship, Hon. Justice Benedict Kanyip ably represented by Hon. Justice Sanusi Kado joined the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari; the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr Umar Abdullahi Ganduje; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alh. Musa Bello; the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami SAN, United Nations Development Representative, Captains of Industries, Non-Governmental Organizations and many notable guests.
The Nigeria Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata delivered the President Buhari keynote address expressed that President Buhari administration identified wholeheartedly with the mission and vision of the Commission and assured government continued commitment towards entrenching the respect for Human Rights and Dignity in the country.
Also speaking at the event, the Resident Coordinator, United Nation Development Programme, Mr Edward Kallon urged Nigerians to support the agenda of the President Buhari to lift 100 thousand out of poverty for promotion of social-economic development.
In addition, the Executive Governor of Kano State used the avenue to educate the forum on the state giant stride on Girls Child Education and Integration of Almajiri System of Education and setting up of a commission for physically challenge person to cater for their Education and Empowerment, likewise the design of State Infrastructure to comply with their rights and status.
The summit was held yesterday Sunday 8th December 2019 at the Sheraton Hotels, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and also featured Human Rights Awards to Individuals, Federal/State agencies and Corporate Institutions.