The Commission


The National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria was established by the National Human Rights Commission Act 1995 (as amended) in line with Resolution 48/134 of the United Nations General Assembly which enjoins all member states to establish independent National Institutions for the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights.
The Commission serves as an extra-judicial mechanism for the enhancement of the respect for and enjoyment of human rights. It also provides avenues for public enlightenment, research and dialogue in order to raise awareness on human rights issues.
The Acting Executive Secretary - Mrs. Oti Ovrawah The Commission is headed by the Executive Secretary who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
There are six departments in the administrative structure of the Commission namely: Admin, LID, Finance and Accounts, Public Affairs and Communications, Planning, Research and Statistics, and Monitoring and External Programmes.
There are three Units under the Executive Secretary's Office, namely, the Council Secretariat, Audit and Public Interest litigation Units.
The Commission also has six zonal offices representing the six geo-political zones of the country, namely; North West Zone (Kano), North East Zone (Maiduguri), North Central (Jos), South West (Lagos), South East (Enugu) and South South (Port Harcourt).

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NHRC TASKS STAKEHOLDERS ON EMPOWERMENT OF THE GIRL CHILD


The National Human Rights Commission is calling on government and other stakeholders to show more commitment in empowering the girl child and ensuring that her rights are adequately protected at all times.
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NHRC URGES STAKEHOLDERS TO ENSURE GOVERNMENT POLICIES PROTECT THE OLDER PERSONS


As Nigeria joins the rest of the world in celebrating this year's International Day for older persons, the National Human Rights Commission is calling on all stakeholders to make contributions to government policies to ensure that the rights of this vulnerable group are protected.
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