NHRC CHARGES MDAs ON PROTECTION ISSUES

Posted: 2017-07-04


The National Human Rights Commission has called on Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with protection mandates to work towards achieving efficient and immediate response in providing humanitarian needs especially for those affected by insurgency in the North East.

The Acting Executive Secretary of the Commission Mrs. Ovrawah made this call at a two day training for MDA's with protection mandate.
The training which was put together by the NHRC in Collaboration with the UNHCR has over 50 participants from MDA's from Gombe, Yobe, and Adamawa States.

Mrs. Ovrawah emphasized that no one MDA can respond to the humanitarian and protection needs of those affected by insurgency. "It therefore becomes imperative to build the capacity of several MDAs with protection mandate to enable them respond effectively and efficiently to the needs of this population of concern" She said.

She urged participants to use the opportunity of the training to build their capacity in humanitarian assistance in their various areas.

The UNHCR Representative in Yola Mrs. Veronica Yohana while advocating for what she described as essential training for protection monitors, expressed delight over the Commission's initiative to build the capacity of stakeholders saddled with the responsibility of providing protection and humanitarian services to those affected by insurgency.

She said the challenge of meeting the humanitarian needs of these group of people is becoming enormous especially as they are returning home from their places of refuge.

On her part the Chair Person of FIDA in Yobe state who is also a retired Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Women Affairs Hajiya Aisha Haruna Godowoli advocated for laws that would enhance effective legal frame work that would make it easier for prompt prosecution of those who violate the rights of others.

The Attorney General of the Yobe State Ministry of Justice said issues of human rights are Paramount and should not be swept under the carpet. The Director of Citizen's Rights in the Ministry Alhaji Salleh Dibbo who represented the Attorney General at the event said the Directorate of Citizens Rights was newly established to address issues of human rights concerns.

The Project Coordinator and Director of Monitoring Department of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu Esq, said one of the objectives of the training is to emphasize the core role of MDA's with protection mandate and to create an avenue for them to properly coordinate their actions in dealing with all kinds of protection and humanitarian assistance needed by the population of concern.


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