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OJUKWU ASSUMES OFFICE AS NHRC BOSS

Posted: 2018-05-04


Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu Esq on Wednesday, 2nd May 2018 officially assumed office as the Substantive Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) following his nomination by the President and subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

The new Chief Executive Officer of the Commission said his cardinal objective is to ensure that complaints of human rights violations brought to the Commission are handled expeditiously. To achieve this, he said he is determined to build the capacity of staff at all levels and also put infrastructures in place to ease the daunting task of promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights in Nigeria.

On staff welfare, the new NHRC boss pledged his commitment to improve the welfare of staff saying "I will do what is humanly possible to improve on your welfare to ensure that you are happy while carrying out your job as human rights defenders". He solicited the support of members of staff in attaining greater heights for the Commission as the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights is a collective responsibility of all the staff.

Prior to this, the new NHRC boss was at different times the Director Monitoring, Legal Services,Protection and Investigation Departments. He also served as Director Executive Secretary's office. He was a former Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and also a onetime Administrative Secretary of the defunct National Electoral Commission in Imo State.

He has 32 years post call to bar experience out of which 17 years have been spent in the Commission. His Experiences cut across prosecution of cases, elections management and private legal practice. He acquired a Masters degree in Law from the University of Lagos in 1988 having acquired his first degree in law from University of Nigeria, Enugu campus, in 1985. He has also attended several Human Rights Training Institutions and obtained certificates from Public Administration International, London(2003) and International Human Rights Training Program, Equitas Canada(2007).

Amongst Other positions held before his present appointment to the Commission, include being the Special Assistant to the then Executive Secretary of the Commission, pioneer Head of the Monitoring and External Programs Department and subsequently the Zonal Coordinator of the South-South Zonal Office of the Commission in Port Harcourt. He is known to be an avowed human rights defender and committed to improvement of systems, services and working conditions at the NHRC. He is married with Four children.


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