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Posted: 2017-11-17

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has acknowledged the commitment of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) towards the furtherance of humanitarian work globally.

The Ag Executive Secretary of NHRC, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah who stated this in her welcome address on the occasion of handing over of equipment for the database of missing persons by the ICRC noted that it has immensely assisted the National Technical Committee (NTC) on the establishment of database of missing persons in Nigeria.

Speaking further, Mrs. Ovrawah said the NHRC has the mandate for promoting, protecting and enforcement of human rights in Nigeria and that 'hosting the National Database of Missing Persons is therefore in line with our mandate and we are totally committed to making it a reality".

According to the Acting Head of the Commission, "The Commission has dedicated an office in the national Headquarters to this project and undertakes to do the same in the three pilot states selected for the project".

She also said that the equipment donated to the Database project by the ICRC was in recognition of the importance of the project and should galvanize government into action to expeditiously do the needful and give the necessary support towards the take-off of the pilot stages of Database.

In her remarks, the Chairperson of the NTC on the Establishment and Management of Missing Persons in Nigeria, Mrs. Maryam Uwais said that "since our inauguration in 2016, the NTC has worked relentless towards putting necessary measures in place for a successful take-off of the project".

Mrs. Uwais disclosed that the NTC would be holding a workshop scheduled to take place between the 21st and 22nd of November, 2017 said that the Committee had gone on advocacy visits to Ministries, Agencies and Development Partners for necessary cooperation and buy-in of all relevant stakeholders.

According to Mrs. Uwais, who is also the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments, "So far we have been able to articulate the skills, equipment and other resources necessary for the successful take-off of the project and have proposed a pilot project to cover three states of Borno, Rivers and Benue. A formal request has been sent to the Federal Government on this and we are hopeful that the necessary resources will be made available for this noble initiative".

She also thanked ICRC for the significant roles it has played towards the establishment of database of missing persons in Nigeria even as she stated that the ICRC has brought in experts in forensic and data management to train members of the NTC adding that it is in the process of organizing an exposure mission for some NTC members to countries that have established a similar database for practical experience.

In his contribution, the ICRC HoD, Mr. Eloi Fillon said that they donated ICT equipment to NTC to facilitate its activities towards establishing database for missing persons in Nigeria.

He stated that the NTC required financial support to carry out their activities successfully and that ICRC stands ready to support the NTC towards realizing it noble mandate.

He expressed his appreciation to the NHRC for the opportunity given the ICRC towards addressing this all important humanitarian issue; that will culminate in the establishment of a National Database for Missing Persons in Nigeria.


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